The South Carolina Highway Patrol took a 35-year-old man into custody on March 7 after he was involved in a truck and motorcycle accident that claimed the life of a Gaston woman. The man was charged with felony drunk driving after responding police officers determined that he had been under the influence at the time of the crash. Police say that the investigation into the incident continues.
In the year 2012, exactly 137 fatal motorcycle crashes occurred on the roads of South Carolina. A substantial proportion of them involved alcohol.
South Carolina attempts to encourage motorcycle safety on the roads through a wide variety of methods. However, the fact remains that cycling can be dangerous, and the danger appears to be increasing. Motorcycle fatalities have increased nationwide by more than 33 percent since 2003. The rate increased 7 percent just from 2011 to 2012.
An accident that happened around noon on Aug. 7 in Kershaw County resulted in the death of a motorcyclist. The accident involved a collision between the motorcycle and a pickup truck.
In recent months, the media has reported widely on the dire state of the federal Highway Trust Fund. The fund is expected to run dry by the end of the summer if Congress does not act in ways that ensure its continued viability.