2017 traffic fatalities fewer in Richland County, higher in Lexington County

With just one more weekend left in 2017, statistics reveal that there were fewer, by far, traffic fatalities in Richland County this year, than the year before.

In 2016, 68 people died on Richland County roads, according to the S.C. Department of Public Safety. In 2017, as of Thursday, 47 people had died on Richland County roads. That’s 21 fewer deaths in 2017, with three days left in the year.

While the number killed in Richland County was lower, Lexington County recorded 46 traffic fatalities as of Thursday, according to the SCDPS. In 2016, 42 people had died on the county’s roads for the year.  Statewide the number of traffic fatalities is down this year, compared to 2016.

During the Christmas Holiday Reporting Period, which started Friday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m. and ended Monday, Dec. 25, at midnight, 952 people had died on South Carolina highways, compared to 1011 highway deaths during the same time period in 2016.

In 2016, eight people were killed on South Carolina roadways over the Christmas holiday travel period (Dec. 23, 2016- Dec. 26, 2016.)
Through midnight Dec. 26, 152 pedestrians had died compared to 145 in 2016; 113 motorcyclists died compared to 149 in 2016; and 19 bicyclists died compared to 25 in 2016 on state roads and highways.

SCDPS also reports that of the 636 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2017, 307 were not wearing safety belts.