Dr. Robert Hartwig was featured on The Daily Gamecock discussing why South Carolina is the deadliest state for both drivers and pedestrians. He explains that it is due in part to the high about of rural highways in the region. “When you have more rural highways, you tend to have people speed more and speed is one of the principal causes of death,” Hartwig said. He also adds that the state of South Carolina has a “more hands-off approach towards enforcement” and this contributes to the state’s high motor vehicle crash deaths. “I think South Carolina is a state that, like many states in the South, prefers to take a less heavy-handed approach towards government enforcement and regulation, relative to, say, states like New York or Massachusetts.” Click here to read the article.