South Carolina Reports Rise in Moped Driver Deaths

July 7, 2014

State troopers say overall fatalities on South Carolina roads in 2014 are similar to last year’s totals, but they are seeing a significant increase in deaths of people on mopeds.

Highway Patrol Lt. Kelley Hughes told The Greenville News that 18 people have died on mopeds in the state in the first six months of 2014. Troopers reported seven moped deaths in the first half of 2013.

Overall, the Highway Patrol said, 357 people died on South Carolina roads from January through June, one more than the first six months of 2013.

Troopers continue to be concerned with pedestrian deaths. The same number of pedestrians — 42 — have been killed in the first half of 2014 as were killed in the first six months of 2013.

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  • July 7, 2014 at 2:17 pm
    NC Moped Owner says:
    Good question. We own 3 mopeds in our household. Mostly for my husband and adult children so they don't need to borrower our one and only car. We find them to be very econom... read more
  • July 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm
    Evelyn says:
    Since moped use is higher in the "DUI Crowd" - I wonder if alcohol was a factor?
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