CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - An increase in traffic on state roads may be one of thee reasons for a rise in traffic deaths, authorities said Wednesday.
Statistics released by the South Carolina Department of Public safety show 942 people have been killed in accidents this year.
That compares with 816 people for all of 2014.
"The traffic in this area, the area's growing, so that brings an influx of traffic, so the traffic's heavier," Charleston County Sheriff's Capt. Jim Woods said.
In the Tri County area, fatalities increased in two of the three counties this year.
In Charleston County, 58 people have died in accidents so far this year, compared to 47 for all of last year.
In Dorchester County, 28 people have been killed this year compared to 16 last year.
But in Berkeley County, the numbers are down a bit.
This year, 35 people have been killed in accidents, compared to 39 last year.
Woods says what may the most disturbing statistic is that 320 of this year's accident victims were not wearing seat belts.
"Here we have a law in this state that says you got to wear it and we're still killing over 300 people," Woods said.
Authorities say whatever the reason for the increase in deadly accidents, one fatality is too many and they are urging all drivers to pay attention on the roads.