SC's 770 traffic deaths in 2010 are 28-year low

 COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - It appears deaths on South Carolina highways in 2010 have plunged to the lowest total in nearly 30 years.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol unofficially reported 770 traffic fatalities in the state last year, a sharp decline from the more than 880 deaths reported in 2009, and the lowest total since 730 people died on the state's roads in 1982.

Public Safety Department Director Mark Keel told The State of Columbia that he credits a campaign to crack down on speeding,seat belt violations and drunken driving for a 3-year decline in fatalities.

Keel says troopers will start concentrating more on distracted driving as well as emphasizing safety for pedestrians and bicyclists and young drivers to try and keep the fatality rate dropping.

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