Here’s a hopeful start to the new year: only half as many people were killed in South Carolina car wrecks in the first days of 2013 as compared with 2012.
Seven people have died on South Carolina highways through January 6. That is down from the 13 highway deaths for this same time period in 2012.
These numbers are from the latest highway fatality report by the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Three of the 2013 roadway fatalities in South Carolina occurred in Beaufort County. None happened in the counties of Richland, Charleston or Greenville.
Of the four motor vehicle occupants who have died so far in 2013, three were not wearing seat belts.
Two pedestrians and one motorcyclist have also died on state roads and highways.
There have not been any 2013 bicyclist deaths.
Car crashes are the leading killer of kids and young adults throughout the country. They are among the top cause of death in all age groups.
In South Carolina, there were 625 fatal automobile collisions in 2011, resulting in 677 deaths.
Source: South Carolina Department of Public Safety http://www.scdps.gov/oea/nr2013/010712.htm