BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Coroner is blaming a rise in fatal accidents on a short staffed Highway Patrol.
Coroner Bill Salisbury believes there are not enough troopers available to do traffic enforcement, so more drivers are disobeying the law.
So far this year, 29 people have died in accidents in Berkeley County; twenty six were killed last year, and in 2012, 35 people died in accidents.
Charleston County's fatal accident totals for this year are close to all of last years. So far this year, 40 people have been killed on the roads. That's only six fewer for all of last year.
In 2012, 49 people died in wrecks.
The numbers are much better in Dorchester County. So far this year, 11 people have died in accidents there.
There were 24 fatal accidents all of last year, and in 2012, 20 people were killed in accidents.
We reached out to the Highway Patrol for a response to Coroner Salisbury's comments. A spokesman told us they will have a response on Monday.