2017-07-14 / On Second Thought


I heard recently that South Carolina is one of the most dangerous states in the United States. Please tell me more
Compiled by Warren Hughes

Those who live here know South Carolina is a great place to live, as the thousands from elsewhere who have chosen to move here can attest. Yet, as residents we also know we face formidable challenges. A June report from WalletHub substantiates that.

Its analysts compared the 50 states across 37 key metrics with number one being the safest and 25 considered average. With that in mind, South Carolina unfortunately ranked among the highest. In data ranging from assaults per capita to unemployment, the Palmetto State ranked 50th in fatalities per 100 Million Vehicle Miles of travel; 46th in murders and non-negligent manslaughters per capita; 44th in assaults per capita; 44th in fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 full-time workers; 38th in total loss from climate disasters per capita; 37th in sex offenders per capita; and 37th in share of population lacking health insurance.

Overall, South Carolina ranked at 47th in overall safety outranked by Oklahoma at 48th, Louisiana at 49th and Mississippi at 50th.

The safest states in America from one to ten are Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Washington, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Utah, and Hawaii.

As for Columbians, according to the City Police Department, the most dangerous intersections for 2016 were: 1) Assembly Street and Elmwood Avenue—50 collisions, 10 with injuries; 2) Taylor Street and Huger Street—49 collisions, nine with injuries; 3) Devine Street/Garners Ferry Road and Rosewood Drive—45 collisions, 10 with injuries; 4) Main Street and Elmwood Avenue—38 collisions, four with injuries, one fatal; and 5) Gervais Street and Huger Street— collisions, nine with injuries.

Outside Columbia, according to the S.C. State Highway Patrol, the most dangerous intersections were 1. I-20 and Broad River Road—142 collisions, 26 with injuries; 2) I-20 and I-26—84 collisions, 15 with injuries; 3) I-26 and Broad River Road—78 collisions, nine with injuries; 4) Killian Road and I-77—75 collisions, 10 with injuries; and 5) Two Notch Road and Sparkleberry Lane—64 collisions, eight with injuries. Overall, the intersection statistics were reported by the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

We want to add to the community’s storehouse of knowledge, whether it is a neighborhood matter, a larger issue or a simple curiosity. We’ll do the footwork for you. Submit your questions to mimim@thecolumbiastar.com or pams@thecolumbiastar.com.

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