South Carolina is a wonderful place to live. The cities and towns here have strong traditions and a real sense of community. Our outdoor recreation can’t be beat…and the scenery in the state? Jaw droppingly beautiful! However, no place is perfect. Some spots in South Carolina are dangerous and even deadly. Here are seven places to take particular care.
1. Intersection Of Broad Street And I-20 In Columbia
This intersection is the most dangerous in the state, according to the South Carolina State Highway Office. Last year, 39 accidents occurred in this intersection, and 11 people were injured. If this is an intersection you must cross on a regular basis, take extra care.
The town of Dillon was named as the most dangerous in South Carolina, according to the website RoadSnacks.com. Residents there have a 1 in 66 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
3. Your dining table.
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in South Carolina. Annually, 181 South Carolinians in 100,000 die from this disease, compared to the national average of 166 per 100,000. Just walk away from that big plate of biscuits and gravy...or at least don't eat like this at every meal, every day!
4. South Carolina's Beaches
According to the website SharkAttackData.com, there were seven sharks attacks in South Carolina in 2015. All were non-fatal, but occurred while beach goers were standing or playing in the water. One attack occurred on Myrtle Beach, shown here. While shark attacks are still rare overall, it pays to be vigilant while playing in South Carolina's beautiful coastal waters.
5. Highway 17
The website Skyscanner named South Carolina's Highway 17 as the fourth most dangerous road in the country. The highway has some absolutely gorgeous stretches, but sharp curves and the presence of wildlife such as deer (who, as we know can jump right out in front of your car from out of nowhere!) cause multiple accidents.
6. Barnwell County
According to FBI statistics, Barnwell County has the highest rate of violent crime in the state, with 86 violent crimes per 100,000 people.
7. Your Home
South Carolina ranks second in the nation for domestic violence - more than 300 women have died in the last 10 years. The rate of one death every 12 days is almost double the national average. No South Carolinian should feel afraid in her own home; hopefully increased awareness will help solve this problem.
So, there you have it – the seven most dangerous spots in South Carolina. Overall, our state is a relatively safe, friendly place to live, work and play. Don’t let a few dangerous spots deter you from having adventures here! Check out these
10 Once-In-A-Lifetime Adventures You Can Only Have In South Carolina.