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Greenville Co. led SC in fatal crashes in 2012

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Firefighters look over the scene of a fatal crash near Simpsonville. (Feb. 10, 2012/FOX Carolina) Firefighters look over the scene of a fatal crash near Simpsonville. (Feb. 10, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenville County led South Carolina in the number of fatal crashes last year, according to a report by the state Department of Public Safety.

According to the report, which was issued Friday, the state ended the year with 837 traffic-related deaths, compared to 828 in 2011.

Most of the fatal crashes, 66, happened in Greenville County, according to the report. Richland County came in second with 51. Lexington and Spartanburg counties were tied for third, with 48 crashes.

More than half of those who died in crashes in the state had access to seat belts but did not use them, according to the report.

Officials found that Saturday was the most deadly day on South Carolina roads in 2012, followed by Sunday and Friday.

According to the report, most of the fatal crashes in the state were caused by drunken drivers. Other common causes of crashes included driving too fast for conditions, failure to yield the right of way, running off the roadway and lying in the roadway.

From 2009 to 2012, South Carolina has seen a 6.4 percent decrease in highway fatalities, according to the report.

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