South Carolina ranks No. 1 for fatalities involving speeding drivers Anderson Independent Mail
South Carolina Ranks No. 1 for Fatalities Involving Speeding Drivers
By Rick Spruill
Posted February 7, 2010 at 12:23 a.m.
South Carolina is No. 1 in the nation for its percentage of fatal car crashes attributed to speeding.
Over a 15-year period, 44.3 percent of fatal highway crashes in South Carolina involved speeding, according to a ranking provided by the Scripps Howard News Service.
In South Carolina, where in 2008 more people died on rural roads than in any other state, according to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, the link between a driver’s speed and the type of road being traveled may seem obvious. But it is hard to prove.
For Lance Cpl. Scot Edgeworth, a spokesman for the South Carolina Highway Patrol, whether someone is driving along a two-lane country road in Anderson or a six-lane superhighway in Charleston, the same rules apply.
“When you’re thinking about rural or urban settings, you’ve got to monitor your speeds,” Edgeworth said. “Whether the speed limit is 30 or 70 … we all know that distractions can happen. It’s the responsibility of the driver to slow down and keep speed at or below the speed limit.”
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