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South Carolina’s

vision to zero traffic fatalities.

The road to zero starts with you.

roadway
departure

unrestrained motor
vehicle occupants

age
related

speed
related

vulnerable
roadway users

Intersections &
Other High-Risk
Roadway Locations

impaired
driving

Commercial
Motor Vehicles
& Heavy Trucks

distracted
driving

Roadway
Departure

Involves vehicle leaving travel lane
or roadway and striking fixed objects or vehicle.

42.6%

unrestrained
motor vehicle
occupants

Occupants not wearing
a proper safety belt.

41.3%

Age
Related

Includes young drivers age 15-29
and older drivers 65 and older.

36.1%

Speed
Related

Involves not only speeding but
driving too fast for conditions.

34.9%

vulnerable
roadway users

Includes motorcycles, bicycles,
pedestrians and mopeds.

27.6%

Intersection &
Other High-Risk
Roadway Locations

Includes intersections,
work zones and railroad crossings.

25.9%

Impaired
Driving

Includes driving under the
influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

25.8%

Commercial
Motor Vehicles
& Heavy Trucks

Involves vehicles of a greater size and weight.

5.8%

distracted
driving

Includes unnecessary
multi-tasking while driving.

1

FORGIVING
ROADSIDE

If your vehicle leaves the road, do not overcorrect, but reduce speed and then safely maneuver the vehicle back on the road.

2

BUCKLE-UP
SOUTH CAROLINA

Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective means of saving lives and reducing injuries in crashes.

3

EDUCATE YOUNG
& OLDER DRIVERS

Supervised driver training for young drivers for at least 6 months; attend safety educational programs (i.e. Alive @ 25); buckle up, slow down, and avoid distractions.

4

SLOW DOWN

Injury and fatalities increase with speed.

5

LOOK FIRST

Increase visibility to drivers by wearing reflective or bright colored clothing; helmets are effective in preventing motorcycle, moped, and bicycle deaths.

6

YIELD RIGHT
OF WAY

40% of all crashes occur at intersections. Obey all traffic control devices.

7

DON'T DRIVE
IMPAIRED

In South Carolina, more people die each year at the hands of an alcohol impaired driver than are murdered.

Alcohol slows the reflexes and decreases the ability to react. If drinking, do not drive.

8

GIVE BIG TRUCKS
MORE ROOM

In fatal collisions involving large trucks, the truck driver contributed only 32% of the time. Increase driver awareness around trucks.

9

AVOID DISTRACTIONS
WHILE DRIVING

Your chance of being involved in a crash is 23 times more likely while texting than driving while not distracted.