2006 was a dangerous year for pedestrians in South Carolina with 122 killed, the most since 1993 when that total was bettered by 1. Pedestrians account for 1 in 10 traffic deaths in the state.
Most pedestrian deaths occurred at night and a third were caused by the victims "lying illegally in road", often due to alcohol consumption. Police have been directed to warn pedestrians walking in an unsafe manner.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said, "The main thing is people just not paying attention. In our education, we target both -- drivers and pedestrians. If you can get one of them to be careful, you've been successful."