2015 marked a significant rise in traffic deaths in South Carolina.
There have been 942 deaths this year compared to 813 in 2014. This is a very disturbing and shocking fact. Despite a 1.3% state population growth rate in 2015, we have seen an 18% increase in the number of fatal crashes.
So what is causing this dramatic increase? Some are attributing it to lower gas prices putting more people on our roads. More people on the roads also gives rise to more people making the wrong decisions behind the wheel. Driving on our state's interstates and highways, you may have noticed electronic signs now displaying the same startling traffic death statistics.
Additionally, new television and radio ads try to hammer home the three top causes of traffic deaths in the state: drunk driving, speeding and not wearing seat belts.
State officials are trying to get your attention. Slow down and use more driver discretion.
The message is simple: use common sense when driving. Don't drink and drive. And don't speed and force those driving around you to make quick lane changes to allow you to go even faster.
And finally simply be a responsible driver. Remember, it is a privilege to drive. That's My Take.
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