Laurens County ranks No. 1 in S.C. traffic fatalities in 2017

Mar 20 Written by  STAFF REPORTS

Laurens County has more traffic fatalities than any other county in South Carolina so far in 2017, according to statistics released by the S.C. Dept. of Public Safety on Monday.

Laurens County has recorded 12 fatalities from January 1-March 19, 2017. Charleston County is second with 11 fatalities and Greenville County, Anderson County and Richland County are tied for third with 10 fatalities.

For the same period in 2016, Laurens County recorded three traffic fatalities, compared to six in 2015 and two in 2014.

As of March 19, 2017, 193 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 207 highway deaths during the same time period in 2016.

Of the 142 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2017, 74 were not wearing safety belts. 

Through midnight March 19, 29 pedestrians in SC died compared to 27 in 2016; 14 motorcyclists died compared to 24 in 2016; and four bicyclists died compared to six in 2016 on state roads and highways.  

Last modified on Tuesday, 21 March 2017 00:14