Horry County among most dangerous to drive in SC, says AAA

CHARLOTTE, NC (WMBF) – Based on 2012 crash data, Horry County ranks among the five most dangerous counties in the state for vehicle collisions.

According to a news release from AAA Carolinas, Horry County averaged 268.7 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, about 21 percent higher than the state average. Horry County has appeared in AAA's top five most dangerous counties for six of the past seven years.

"Consistently high rankings for being one of the most dangerous counties in the state should be a wake-up call for better traffic enforcement or road design," said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas.

The most dangerous county to drive in South Carolina, according to AAA, is Charleston, with 12,031 traffic crashes in 2012, averaging 342.2 crashes per 100 million vehicle miles traveled. This is 55 percent higher than the state average of 221.3, AAA states. While collisions in Charleston County account for 11 percent of collisions in the state, it has only 7 percent of all the state's vehicle miles traveled.

Horry County was the most dangerous in the state for motorcycle collisions in 2012. After Horry were Marlboro, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens counties.

Horry was also the second-deadliest county with 51 fatal accidents, after Greenville with 67, up nearly 22 percent from 2011.

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