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AAA: Fatal crashes more likely in rural SC

Mar 16, 2010 4:10:00 PM - thestate.com
A motor club analysis of traffic accidents in South Carolina found deaths were more likely to occur in rural counties bordering Georgia and South Carolina than in other counties.

Carolinas AAA analyzed crashes in 2008 and said on Tuesday that Allendale, Barnwell, Chesterfield, Edgefield and Darlington counties were the most dangerous for fatalities. The five counties represented 7 percent of traffic deaths but only 3 percent of vehicle miles traveled statewide.

Rural roads are generally narrow and have fewer police patrols while there are more out-of-state drivers in counties bordering state lines.

Charleston County ranked first in likelihood of collisions and collisions with injuries. Calhoun County was safest for all crashes, fatal crashes and injury crashes.

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