SC highway deaths rise slightly in 2012 to 833

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — More people died on South Carolina roads in 2012 than the previous year, the second year in a row the state saw a year-over-year increase.

The state Highway Patrol's preliminary reports show 833 deaths on South Carolina highways and roads last year, compared with 827 deaths in 2011. The number of deaths is well below the peak of 1,052 people killed on the state's roads in 2007.

Troopers said 554 of the people killed were in vehicles, and 58 percent of them were not wearing seat belts.

Greenville County reported the most deaths with 65, followed by 51 deaths in Richland County and 48 deaths each in Lexington and Spartanburg counties. Just one traffic death was reported in Union County, while there were two each in Bamberg and Marlboro counties.

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