Highway deaths on the decline in SC, report shows

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - There are new details on the number of deaths we see on South Carolina roadways. While hundreds of people die on roadways every single year, the latest numbers seem to be moving in the right direction. Last year's state-wide total number of deaths on highways is the second lowest we've seen in 50 years.

In 2013, 768 people died on South Carolina Highways. For perspective, that number was nearly twice as high back in 2007. Carinsurancecomparison.com named South Carolina drivers the second-worst drivers in the nation, and that ranking was based largely on the number of fatalities we see here.

Officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department traffic unit claim the top reasons why they see accidents are the same as any other state: DUIs, speeding, and people not stopping for traffic signals or stop signs. But now it seems like South Carolina's fatality rate is starting improve. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says this drop in the number of deaths is actually a trend.

Even so, drivers still think the numbers are too high.

"I consider Myrtle Beach a small town," said Jason Holt. "And it's just absolutely ridiculous the kind of fatalities we have here. It just shouldn't happen here."

"That's way too many," said Scott Fougere. "That's a lot of people."

So far this year, there have been 181 traffic deaths, roughly the same as this time last year.

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