Greenville County Has Highest DUI Fatality Rate in South Carolina


November 10, 2018

GEORGIA – November 5, 2018 (greenvilleonline.com) An online article from greenvilleonline.com discussed the DUI fatality rate in Greenville County, South Carolina, and how that compares to neighboring states.*

On average, one person dies every two weeks in Greenville County from a DUI-related vehicle crash. This gives the county the highest number of DUI fatalities in the state. Based on data from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), South Carolina ranks lower in terms of anti-DUI laws than neighboring North Carolina and Georgia.  

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 29 people die every day in the United States from motor vehicle crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. This breaks down to one alcohol-related vehicle accident fatality every 50 minutes. In 2016, the CDC indicates almost 10,500 people died in alcohol-impaired driving crashes, which accounted for nearly 30 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States that year.

These accidents can disproportionately affect young drivers. The CDC reports that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In 2015, a total of 2,333 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in vehicle crashes in the United States. This equates to six teen deaths every day due to motor vehicle injuries. More than 235,000 teenagers of the same age were treated in emergency departments in 2016 for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. 

In 2013, teens ages 15 to 19 represented only 7 percent of the entire population in the United States but accounted for more than 11 percent of the total national costs associated with motor vehicle injuries. The teenage share of these costs in 2013 was $10 billion. 

According to the CDC, teen drivers are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations and less likely to recognize hazardous situations. They are also more likely than older drivers to make decision errors that lead to vehicle accidents. Teens are statistically more likely to speed and follow other cars too closely. In addition, alcohol and drugs are greater factors in teen crashes than crashes for other age groups. 

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