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Think it's safe to talk on a cellphone an drive? Think again

We've likely all been in a situation where, in some capacity, we overestimate our abilities. Whether it is mentally or physically, realizing that we really aren't a genus or in as good of shape as we thought can be a blow to one's ego. Driving is another task at which many people overestimate their abilities. This is particularly true when it comes to engaging in dangerous driving behaviors like speeding and also behaviors that have been proven to be highly distracting, like using a cellphone while driving.

South Carolina is among the 44 states in the U.S. to have some sort of ban on texting while driving. In South Carolina, the texting ban is a primary offense meaning a police officer who sees a driver texting doesn't need any other reason to pull the driver over and write a citation.

Study: driving under the influence too common for younger drivers

A new study has come to light that shows that many teens and younger drivers that are involved in a fatal crash are under the influence of marijuana or alcohol. And by "many" we mean "the majority."

It may seem impossible, but it's true according to the study. Researchers looked at fatal crashes that involved teen drivers and younger drivers in states where toxicology reporting was common. The combined number of teens who were under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or both exceeded 50 percent (50.3 percent to be exact). 36.8 percent of these drivers were under the influence of only alcohol; 5.9 percent were under the influence of marijuana; and 7.6 percent used a combination of the two substances.

Dont' become a drunk driving statistic

Despite the numerous anti-drunk driving public awareness campaigns, billboards and firsthand accounts; every year tens of thousands of individuals across the United States and in states like South Carolina decide to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after drinking alcohol.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during 2012 alone more than 30 percent of traffic fatalities in the U.S. involved a drunk driver. That same year, nearly 350 people were fatally wounded on South Carolina roads and highways in alcohol-related crashes.

4 dead following car accident in South Carolina

A serious accident on Interstate 95 left four people dead, according to local news sources. The single-car accident killed the driver and three of the passengers in the vehicle. It happened around 6:15 a.m. on Dec. 23. South Carolina authorities are still piecing together how and why the accident took place. 

Preliminary reports indicated that the driver, who was displaying out-of-state license plates, apparently lost control of his SUV and ran off the left side of the highway. The vehicle struck a guard rail and a tree before coming to rest. Four of the seven occupants, all out-of-state visitors, were apparently killed on impact. 

Pedestrian killed in South Carolina car accident

A former member of a university marching band is dead following a tragic accident on the night of Dec. 18, according to local sources. South Carolina authorities responded to the car accident that killed an identified alumnus of South Carolina State University. So far, no charges have been filed in connection with the accident.

The accident report states that a 76-year-old man was driving near the university when the accident occurred. Apparently, the man crossed over several lanes of traffic only to crash into the parking lot of a Select Tire store. The victim was standing in the parking lot at the time and was struck by the car.

AAA report proves some in-vehicle warning systems don't make the grade

When operating a motor vehicle, safety is always a concern. Not only must a driver ensure that he or she is alert, aware and focused; but one must also attempt to anticipate the actions and potential mistakes of other drivers.

Every day, thousands of drivers and passengers throughout the U.S. are involved in traffic accidents, some of which result in those involved suffering painful and debilitating injuries. In recent years, car companies have turned their focus towards developing technologies aimed to prevent car crashes.

National and state statistics related to drunk driving are alarming

During 2012 alone, Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that 358 people in South Carolina lost their lives in drunk driving-related traffic accidents. During this year, this number represented 41 percent of all traffic accident fatalities in the state. During this same year, the Centers for Disease control and Prevention reports that nationally 10,322 people were killed in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents.

Based upon these alarming statistics, it's obvious that far too many people throughout South Carolina and the U.S. are choosing to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle when they shouldn't. While the legal blood alcohol concentration limit in most states is .08 percent, even a BAC of .02 results in an individual's ability to see clearly, track movement and multitask being markedly impaired.

1 man dead following car accident in South Carolina

An out-of-state man is dead following a serious car crash in Batesburg-Leesville, according to local sources. South Carolina authorities responded to the car accident around 5 a.m. on Nov. 27. The man has been identified as a 77-year-old visitor to the state. Charges have yet to be filed in association with this tragedy. 

Official reports indicate the man was a passenger in a van traveling east on Interstate 20 at the time of the accident. A truck headed the same direction apparently struck the van. All passengers in the van, including the driver, were taken to local hospitals for a variety of injuries. The 77-year-old man was the only one who succumbed to his injuries; he was pronounced dead later that day. 

1 dead, 2 injured following South Carolina car accident

A serious accident near Pamplico Highway on Nov. 23 has resulted in one fatality, according to local law enforcement. South Carolina authorities are also reporting that two other individuals were seriously injured in the car accident. So far, no charges have been filed, but the investigation is ongoing. 

According to current reports, an SUV driven by a 22-year-old local man was traveling north when the driver appeared to lose control of his vehicle. He ran off the right side of the road and attempted to over-correct. This took his vehicle into the opposing lane, where it struck a pickup truck headed in the other direction. 

This Thanksgiving, South Carolina drivers reminded not to drink and drive

Next week, people across South Carolina will gather with family members and friends to eat, drink and give thanks. While the many traditions that accompany the annual Thanksgiving holiday may warm our hearts, state residents are reminded to be smart and safe when it comes to drinking and driving.

During 2012, South Carolina ranked seventh in the nation for the highest number of drunk driving-related fatalities. With the approaching holiday season, the non-profit organization Mothers Against Drunk Driving is commemorating its 28th annual campaign, Tie One On for Safety.