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COLUMBIA, S.C. -
South Carolina has the most dangerous rural roads, according to a new report.
That means more fatalities are happening on roads other than interstates or highways.
The State Department of Public Safety says it's not because the roads are unsafe; it's mostly because drivers are not following the rules of the road.
Kelley Hughes with the Department of Public Safety says, "what we're seeing is some of the common causes are going to be impaired driving, driving too fast for conditions, speed, failure to yield right of way. And then you have to have not necessarily the cause of the crash but the fact that occupants are not buckling up. Those are all common factors that we find in these rural fatal crashes."
Hughes says another reason we could be seeing higher numbers than other states is because we have more rural roads. 75% of South Carolina's roads are considered rural.
News 2 dug into the numbers and according to Triple-A Carolinas, Charleston is the most dangerous county in the state when it comes to collisions.
In 2012, there were more than 12,000 crashes, which is 55 percent higher than the state average.
Collisions in Charleston County account for 11% of all crashes statewide.
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