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24/7 Wall St.: The Most Dangerous States to Drive In

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6. South Carolina

Average auto fatalities per 100,000: 21.0
Auto fatalities/year: 944 (13th most)
Lifetime medical costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $7,702,929 (16th highest)
Lifetime work loss costs due to 1-yr. auto accidents: $966,527,197 (12th highest)
Pct. commuters traveling 30 mins. or more: 31.11% (23rd highest)

Over the three-year span ending in 2009, South Carolina averaged 21 vehicle-related deaths per 100,000 people. Despite being the 24th-most populous state in the country, it had more auto fatalities than all but 12 other states. A single year of vehicle-related fatalities is estimated to cost the state more $7 million in lifetime medical expenses, and just under $1 billion in lost productivity. Likely contributions to South Carolina’s poor record are the absence of laws requiring all convicted drunk drivers to have ignition interlocks, motorcyclists to wear helmets, and children under eight to use booster seats. Additionally, the South Carolina Senate recently changed a bill that would have banned texting while driving for all drivers with one that prohibits texting only for drivers under 18.
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