To date in 2017, Laurens County has recorded 29 fatalities, compared to 15 fatalities in 2016, 20 in 2015 and 20 in 2014.
“That’s a big increase,” said SCHP Troop 2 Commander Captain Billy Yongue. “There are too many people getting killed on these highways.”
The traffic enforcement initiative will be a partnership with the SCHP, State Transport Police, Laurens County Sheriff’s Office, Laurens Police Dept. and the Clinton Dept. of Public Safety. The focus of the initiative will be impaired driving, speeding, unrestrained drivers and inattentive drivers.
According to Yongue, 48 percent of fatalities in 2017 are a result of inattentive driving. The larger percentage, 78 percent, of the fatalities occur between the hours of 6am and noon. Traffic fatalities also occur more frequently on Monday and Tuesday with 26 percent of fatalities occurring on those days in 2017.
As of November 26, 868 people have died on South Carolina highways, compared to 932 highway deaths during the same time period in 2016.
Of the 579 motor vehicle occupants who have died in 2017, 279 were not wearing seat belts.