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Drivers face mixed South Carolina texting laws

South Carolina is one of a few states without an outright ban on texting while driving. As a result, drivers in the state face inconsistent rules on distracted driving and penalties, depending on which county and municipality they are driving in. The inconsistent laws and uncertainty can have a lethal impact.

Moped rider killed in double hit and run in Greenville County

Road accidents can be lethal to victims who are not riding in a car or truck and who have virtually no protection against these vehicles. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, for example, reported 4,612 motorcycle fatalities and 81,000 injuries in 2011. Another 4,432 pedestrians were killed and 69,000 were injured in that year in a pedestrian accident, according to the NHTSA.

DUI suspected for chain reaction driver fatality

Drunk drivers impose their reckless behavior on others. Over one-third of the drunk driving fatalities are not the impaired driver, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. In 2011, the NHTSA reports, 9,878 people died in drunk driving accidents and 11 percent of these victims were riding in other vehicles and seven percent were pedestrians or bicyclists. South Carolina suffered 828 fatalities in drunk driving accidents in that year, according to NHTSA findings.

Police search for hit and run driver

Pedestrians are afforded little protection against reckless and negligent drivers. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that 4,432 pedestrians were killed and another 69,000 injured in 2011 in auto crashes in this country. This approximates a fatality every two minutes and an injury every eight minutes. South Carolina suffered 113 pedestrian fatalities in that year, according to the NHTSA. Weekend evenings are the most dangerous period, the NHTSA found, because 39 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur from 8:00 p.m. through 11:59 p.m. on the weekends.

Juvenile charged with DUI fatality

Alcohol-impaired driving is a fatal threat to South Carolina motorists, passengers and pedestrians. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration says that this state suffered 828 drunk driving fatalities in 2011. Significant dangers are also posed by impaired teenage drivers. One in 10 high school students aged 16-years-old and older engaged in drinking and driving within the immediate 30-day period in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In South Carolina, the CDC found, at least 11.3 percent of high school students in this age group drove when they had been drinking alcohol.

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