LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) - New data from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety shows Lexington County roadways are some of the deadliest in the state.
Lexington County has suffered 62 traffic deaths so far this year, only trailing Greenville County and Spartanburg County who have seen 69 and 67 deaths, respectively. Two of the county’s death have come in the last two months within the jurisdiction of the Town of Lexington Police Department.
“That’s high for us,” Inspector Missy Silcox said. “We’re usually fortunate to not have that many.”
Lexington Police are ramping up patrols in several areas across town that citizens have helped identify as problematic areas, Silcox said.
“We have six of them going on right now that both our traffic unit and patrol work on,” she said. “Citizens are always encouraged to call us and alert us of any areas that may need extra patrols.”
Within the Midlands, Lexington County is outpacing every other county by at least 18 deaths. Richland County has seen 44 deaths on roads, while Orangeburg County has seen 39. South Carolina Highway Patrol says most of those crashes are preventable, as the majority involve DUI or people not wearing their seatbelt.
Last weekend, Lexington Police charged a man with driving under the influence after he drove off of South Lake Drive into a vacant building near Railroad Ave. Police said it comes less than a month after another driver under the influence crashed in the same place.
Lexington Police say so far this year they’ve seen about 1,400 crashes, but only 5 percent of those are DUI related.