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Deadly Darlington County crash exposes seatbelt law loophole

(WPDE)

The deadliest crash in more than 20 years in Darlington County happened on Friday.

Five people, including two unborn babies, died in the crash on Rogers Road.

Troopers say 11 people were in the small SUV, meaning there might not have been enough seatbelts for everyone in the car.

And that doesn't break any laws, according to Corporal Sonny Collins.

South Carolina's seat belt law says everyone inside a car being operated on a public street or highway "must wear a fastened safety belt."

But the seat belt law allows passengers to ride in a car with no seatbelt when all the available belts are being used by other people in the car.

The law also allows for no seat belts if the vehicle was "not originally equipped with safety belts."


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