South Carolina auto accidents which result in death are more often related to speeding than in the neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia. In March, 2005, an electronic measurement by the South Carolina Department of Transportation of 195,268 vehicles traveling on South Carolina’s rural interstate highways, showed that 70 percent exceeded the speed limit. Seventy percent! This included 17,259 going over 80 miles per hour. 3,940 vehicles were traveling over 85 mph, and 1,146 cars were traveling over 90 mph.
Those numbers are staggering. According to the South Carolina DOT, South Carolina has a significantly higher percentage of speed related fatalities than its neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia – as well as the United States.
South Carolina speed related deaths, as a percentage of all traffic deaths, is over twice that of Georgia and exceeds the United States figure by almost 20 percentage points.
In South Carolina, 42 percent of all traffic fatalities are speeding-related. In North Carolina, 37 percent are speeding-related. In Georgia, it is just 20 percent. For the nation as a whole, 31 percent of traffic fatalities involve speeding.