Fatal car crashes up from last year; many due to not wearing seat belt
RAPID CITY, S.D. — As Summer traffic continues to increase, law enforcement agencies are once again reminding the public to keep yourself and others on the road safe.
Driving distracted or under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a major factor in many accidents, and to make things worse, many drivers seriously injured or killed in a crash were not wearing seat belts.
So far in 2020 South Dakota has seen 54 fatal crashes, compared to 38 at this time last year. Of those 54, 27 victims were not wearing seat belts.
“Nearly 75% of the fatalities that we have had across the state this year.” Said Captain Jason Ketterling, South Dakota Highway Patrol. “The people have not been wearing a seat belt and so that is one thing that seat belts do prevent injuries and fatalities if you are involved in a motor vehicle crash.”
The highway patrol says 18 fatal crashes this year have been alcohol related and 17 due to speeding.
As of 7-21-2020
There have been 54 fatal crashes compared to 38 the same time last year.
10 motorcycle fatal crashes compared to 5 last year.
18 are alcohol related that is up 12 from last year.
17 speed related that is up 10 from last year.
27 out of the 54 were not wearing seat belts.