Speeding and aggressive driving are issues that every state faces. According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the second leading cause of fatalities on the roadways are speed-related. DUI, or drunk driving cases are the #1 cause of death on our highways. In 2009, there were 32,675 speed related collisions; 338 of those accidents resulted in deaths.
As a response to this traffic issue, the S.C. Department of Transportation announced that it has granted $1.5 million to the S.C. Highway Patrol to increase the enforcement on roadways considered "designated high-collision roadways" all over the state. This money will go directly to paying troopers to work overtime on those roads to catch speeders and aggressive drivers.
Some of the roads that are being targeted include: Highways 31 and 905 in Horry County, S.C. 13 in Florence County, U.S. 301 and S.C. 9 in Dillon County, and S.C. 340 in Darlington County. The Highway Patrol initally started the program last Novemeber, and focused on a stretch of the Highway 17 Bypass. This program is scheduled to continue for the next 2 years.
Highway Patrol Col. Kenny Lancaster Jr. said in a released statement, "We have learned through our successful DUI enforcement initiatives that focusing on specific, problematic driving behaviors for a sustained period seems to yield the best results in changing driving behaviors."
Reducing the number of reckless drivers on S.C. roads and highways keeps everyone safe. Speeding and aggressive driving can have tragic consequences. If you have been injured by a careless driver, please call Attorney Dirk J. Derrick at 843-248-7486