“Dangerous by Design,” a new study from the National Complete Streets Coalition reported in the Post and Courier last month, named South Carolina the 10th most dangerous state for pedestrians. The state had the highest traffic fatality rate in the continental United States. Over 900 pedestrians and bicyclists have been killed in South Carolina over the past six years.
Earlier this year, the Post and Courier reported that the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) found South Carolina was tied with Alabama for the nation’s fifth highest pedestrian fatality rate, with a rate of 1.46 deaths per 100,000 residents. The Post and Courier noted that South Carolina is one of the only Southern states without a Complete Streets law. Officials with the South Carolina Department of Transportation said such an approach would be too costly given budget constraints.
The “Dangerous by Design” study found that South Carolina had the fourth-highest rate of average annual pedestrian fatalities per 100,000 with a rate of 2.37. The Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin area of South Carolina was listed as the 15th most dangerous metro area in the United States with annual pedestrian fatalities at the rate of 2.29 per 100,000 .
The Post and Courier noted that the passenger danger index for Florence was nearly six times the national average. The next highest passenger danger index level was the Myrtle Beach area, followed by Spartanburg, Sumter, the Greenville area, the Augusta area, the Charlotte area, the Hilton Head area, the Charleston area, and Columbia.
“Dangerous by Design” was a study conducted by Smart Growth America, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit coalition of advocacy groups. The 2019 version of “Dangerous by Design” focused on pedestrian fatalities and noted that such deaths have been increasing despite the decrease in overall traffic fatalities.
The study named Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford as the most dangerous metro area in the country and Florida as the most dangerous state in the country. Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach in Florida had the highest annual pedestrian fatality rate at 3.45 per 100,000 people.
Complete Streets laws require streets to be planned, designed, operated, and maintained to enable safe, convenient, and comfortable travel and access for all users, regardless of their mode of transportation. According to Smart Growth America, more than 1,325 agencies at the local, regional, and state levels have adopted over 1,400 Complete Streets policies nationwide.
According to the Post and Courier, South Carolina is one of 18 states without a Complete Streets law. The other states include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
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