South Carolina Named 4th Deadliest State for Pedestrian Fatalities
The Governors Highway Safety Association released the 2016 preliminary data for the number of pedestrian traffic fatalities by state, and South Carolina ranks as the fourth deadliest state in the U.S., averaging 1.33 fatalities per 100,000 for the period between Jan and June 2016, only behind Delaware, Florida, and Arizona, based on data by the State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO)
On a national scale, some 5,997 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2016, compared with 5,376 in 2015 and 4,910 in 2014, per the report, echoing an overall increase of 25% from 2010 to 2015, and an 11% increase from 2015.
South Carolina experienced a jump of 15.8% in pedestrian fatalities in the first six months of the year, from 2015 to 2016. That percentage represents an increase of 9 pedestrian deaths, rising from 57 to 66 in the span of a year. While the increase is notable, however, it does not represent a significant one, as some states had as much as a 200% increase.
What Is South Carolina Doing?
SHSOs across the country are striving to improve pedestrian safety standards and install safeguards in place to reduce the annual increase in pedestrian deaths. For the most part, this consists of efforts to curb distracted driving and implement public information campaigns.
For the past five years, South Carolina has attempted to implement various measures, including educational efforts via radio and outdoor advertising. A safety program known as S.E.E. (Stop –Educate – Enforce) has also been implemented.
S.E.E. encourages law enforcement officers to educate pedestrians walking on roadways on pedestrian laws and fatality trends, and to take action when necessary.