Tragic Crash Reported in Lexington, South Carolina (SC)
LEXINGTON, SC- Wach.com writes that a deadly collision took place in Lexington this week. The incident happened overnight on Blackville Road.*
According to reports, a vehicle drifted across the center line and crashed head-on into another car. One of the two drivers was declared dead. The deceased man was identified as a 38-year-old from Swansea. The other driver suffered injuries and was transported to the Lexington Medical Center. That individual has injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the collision and has not yet determined the direction in which the two vehicles were traveling prior to the fatal crash.
South Carolina's record regarding deadly collisions illustrates that the state's roads are some of the least safe in the nation. With an average death rate of 20.5 fatalities for every 100,000 people, South Carolina came in third out of all 50 states. Mississippi and Alabama were the only two states with per capita deaths that were worse than those documented in South Carolina.
Safety advocates believe that a large part of South Carolina's problem stems from its failure to prevent distracted driving. The state issued just 53 citations over the course of twelve months for drivers who were violating distracted driving laws. And the motorists who were cited only faced a minimum fine of $25. Both the number of citations written and the cost of those citations fell far short of what many other states have done to address the dangers of distracted driving. For instance, Delaware cited 13,061 people, and their minimum fine was four times that of the fines issued in the Palmetto State at $100.
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