Head-On Crash Causes Road Closure on Highway 544 in Horry County, South Carolina
HORRY COUNTY, S.C.- Wpde.com writes that beach-bound lanes of Highway 544 were shut down over the weekend following a severe crash near Cabots Creek Drive.*
The Horry County Fire and Rescue responded to the collision, which occurred late last week in the afternoon. The collision involved two vehicles that were traveling in opposite directions.
South Carolina has the highest rate of fatal traffic deaths in the country when accounted for based on miles traveled. And the hits keep coming. The number of deaths per million miles traveled in South Carolina is almost twice the national average and significantly higher than its neighbor, North Carolina.
In 2017, 988 people died in vehicle collisions in the state. According to the authorities, most of these tragedies are the result of some long-term safety problems, including drunk drivers, speeding, and people refusing to use their seatbelts. Of course, smartphones and drugs are also doing their part to make the roads more hazardous, but the rate of DUIs has remained firmly the same over the years.
Safety advocates and people fighting to make the state’s roads safer face an uphill battle in South Carolina, where many are stubbornly toed to the status quo. There is a strong feeling in the state that the government is not the answer to problems. It has been difficult, therefore, to close what many see as loopholes in the state’s DUI laws.
While the DUI laws may still need some amendments, the state is taking steps to make its roads safer, including adding 50 foot “clear zones” to either side of the road to give drivers who leave the roadway more time to correct themselves. This change could prevent many fatal crashes.
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