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Here’s some good news for anyone about to hit the road for vacation: Car crashes across America are killing fewer people—especially children.

In 2018, yearly deaths from motor vehicle accidents fell by nearly 1,000 people from the previous year, and with a drop of more than 10% among children, according to 2018 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fatalities related to speeding saw an almost 6% decline. Deaths from drunk driving dropped about 4% and made up just over a quarter of traffic deaths, the lowest percentage in more than 35 years.

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#1. South Carolina

– Fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles: 1.83 (-54% change since 1975)
– Total fatalities: 1,037 (+26.0% change since 1975)
– Percent of fatalities related to speeding: 43.1% (#5 highest of all states)
– Percent of fatalities with a driver over .08 BAC: 28.1% (#25 highest of all states)
– Deaths by road user type: 44.1% car, 36.1% light trucks, 2.5% large trucks, 16.7% motorcycles, 0.7% other or unknown

South Carolina is one of seven southern states—the other six are Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and North Carolina—that rank among the highest for DUI death rates, according to an analysis by BackgroundChecks.org. The state includes an especially dangerous intersection that is the site of the sixth highest number of crashes of any spot in the United States.

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