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December 2013 Archives

27-year-old woman killed in Aiken hit and run

Vehicle collisions pose a threat to pedestrians in South Carolina and throughout the United States. In 2012, the state suffered 123 pedestrian deaths which constituted 14 percent of all traffic fatalities. This is an increase from 113 pedestrian deaths in 2011. The United States, suffered 4,432 pedestrian deaths in 2011 which was a three percent increase from the previous year. An estimated 69,000 pedestrians were also injured in 2011. These figures translate into a pedestrian death every two hours and an injury every eight minutes in this country for that year.

Suspected DUI takes life of 15-year-old S.C. student

All too often, driving fatalities include victims of a drunk driving crash and drivers impaired from illicit and prescription drugs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that drugs other than alcohol, such as marijuana and cocaine, were a factor in approximately 18 percent of motor vehicle deaths. Even more dangerous is that drivers often use these drugs with alcohol. The U.S. Public Health Service's National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that drunk and drugged driving is a serious problem in this country and, more specifically, 4.3 to 4.7 percent of persons in South Carolina drove under the influence of illicit drugs from 2006 to 2009.

Two vehicles cause Greenville pedestrian fatality

Traffic deaths and serious injuries are all too common in the United States and in South Carolina. Pedestrian accidents are a significant component to these statistics. The National Highway Transportation found that vehicle versus pedestrian accidents comprised roughly 14 percent of all traffic deaths and about three percent of these injuries in the United States in 2011. For that year, this meant that 4,432 pedestrians were killed and another 69,000 were injured in those accidents.

South Carolina DUI drivers still on the road

South Carolina's drunk driving laws impair DUI convictions, according to the Horry County assistant solicitor. Specifically, inconsistent court rulings and an absence of precedential judicial opinions have hampered application of the state's new and complex DUI laws.

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