More must be done to protect motorists on North Carolina and South Carolina roads. When it comes to highway safety laws, the annual report by Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety asserts that both states are lagging when it comes to seat belt laws, child restraint restrictions, preventative DUI statutes, and graduated drivers’ license laws.
In 2015, there were 1,379 people killed on North Carolina roads, which cost taxpayers nearly $8 billion in economic costs. In South Carolina, there were 977 people killed, costing $4 billion in economic costs. These do not include the societal impact, which nationally amounts to approximately $836 billion annually. That amounts to a “crash tax” of $784 per year for each man, woman, and child in this country.
Nationally, there were 2.45 million people injured in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.