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Old 09-11-2008, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Recent MADD report ranks SC among the worst in the % of fatalities that involve a drunk driver (40.5%/Utah being the best at 18.8% and #2 Kentucky at 24.3%).

http://www.madd.org/getdoc/4c6e983a-e0df-42c3-8c67-d4ec48f32e58/Progress-Report.aspx (broken link)

Does anybody know what is being done in the state legislature to improve this situation (if anything)?
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Old 09-11-2008, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I'm going to move this to the main state forum since it really applies more to the state as a whole.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Hilton Head Island, SC
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This is South Carolina, vehicular law enforcement is a joke. You can have all the laws on the books you want but they require strict enforcement to be effective.

South Carolina is number one in violent crimes, number two in DUIs...FANTASTIC.
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Old 09-12-2008, 04:17 PM
 
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I get a kick out of the new drunk-driving commercials. All of the drivers had some sort of "negative" thing about their appearance:backwards hat, cut off sleeves,etc. Sorry, kind of random I know but just my observation.
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Old 09-12-2008, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Pawleys Island, SC
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Vehicle safety in SC is lax all around. I have been surprised by some of the laws (or lack of) that I have learned about. To name a few:

- no vehicle inspections.
- no helmet law
- You do not need two operable taillights of brake lights
- DUI is hardly ever followed up by the solicitors office
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:40 PM
 
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The statistics for the state report card generated by MADD is based on the percent of total traffic fatalities that involve a DUI. From the brochure available at the MADD website, (www.madd.org), the list of the bottom five states, or those that have the largest percentage of traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver, is as follows:The top five of the lowest percentages of alcohol-related traffic fatalities, on the other hand, were as follows:
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:44 PM
 
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This is South Carolina, vehicular law enforcement is a joke. You can have all the laws on the books you want but they require strict enforcement to be effective.

South Carolina is number one in violent crimes, number two in DUIs...FANTASTIC.
Nevada is the most violent state

The fastest growing economy in the US also has a burgeoning crime rate: Nevada marks its third consecutive year as the most violent state in the Union, according Morgan Quitno Press.

Thursday, March 22, 2007
By Spero News

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According to a study released March 22 by Morgan Quitno Press, Nevada was named the nation’s most dangerous state. This marks the third consecutive year that the Silver State has earned this designation.

The announcement was made in “Crime State Rankings 2006”, an annual reference book published by Morgan Quitno Press, an independent research and publishing company based in Kansas. It was North Dakota that was a repeat as the safest state in the US, having held that position for nine of the past 10 years.

"Nevada struggles with crime and other problems as it continues its rapid growth,” said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. “Its violent crime rate was up nearly 18% in the five years from 2000 to 2004, while nationally, violent crime rates have decreased 8%.”

The 13th annual Most Dangerous and Safest State designations were based on six basic crime factors reported in Morgan Quitno’s just-released annual reference book, “Crime State Rankings 2006”.

Factors considered were rates per 100,000 population for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. States are ranked based on how they compare to the national average for each crime category. The findings are based on 2004 crime statistics, the most recent final state data available from the FBI.

Joining Nevada at the top of the rankings list (in descending order) were Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, and Maryland. On the safer end of the rankings scale immediately preceding North Dakota were Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Wyoming.

“Nevada is in a unique position as the nation’s fastest growing state and with that growth comes many

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Old 09-13-2008, 01:47 PM
 
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Nevada is the most violent state

The fastest growing economy in the US also has a burgeoning crime rate: Nevada marks its third consecutive year as the most violent state in the Union, according Morgan Quitno Press.

Thursday, March 22, 2007
By Spero News


Article Tools
According to a study released March 22 by Morgan Quitno Press, Nevada was named the nation’s most dangerous state. This marks the third consecutive year that the Silver State has earned this designation.

The announcement was made in “Crime State Rankings 2006”, an annual reference book published by Morgan Quitno Press, an independent research and publishing company based in Kansas. It was North Dakota that was a repeat as the safest state in the US, having held that position for nine of the past 10 years.

"Nevada struggles with crime and other problems as it continues its rapid growth,” said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. “Its violent crime rate was up nearly 18% in the five years from 2000 to 2004, while nationally, violent crime rates have decreased 8%.”

The 13th annual Most Dangerous and Safest State designations were based on six basic crime factors reported in Morgan Quitno’s just-released annual reference book, “Crime State Rankings 2006”.

Factors considered were rates per 100,000 population for murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. States are ranked based on how they compare to the national average for each crime category. The findings are based on 2004 crime statistics, the most recent final state data available from the FBI.

Joining Nevada at the top of the rankings list (in descending order) were Louisiana, New Mexico, Arizona, and Maryland. On the safer end of the rankings scale immediately preceding North Dakota were Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and Wyoming.

“Nevada is in a unique position as the nation’s fastest growing state and with that growth comes many

.

I suggest you use the FBI stats vs the AOL ones that are inaccurate from a Criminological standpont.

SC is the most violent, per the FBI ones.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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not aol.....Nevada is the most violent state | Spero News
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Old 09-13-2008, 02:02 PM
 
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But they are based on AOL promoted data:


Most Dangerous States 2008 - AOL Money & Finance.


CQ Press originally published them, but their methodology is a composite result of equal rankings vs raw data, as generated by the FBI.

The latter is more accepted as accurate, fyi.
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