Two Injured in Accident on Highway 544 and Dick Pond Road in Socastee, South Carolina (SC)
SOCASTEE, SC- Wbtw.com writes that two people were hospitalized in Socastee following a crash on Highway 544 and Dick Pond Road in the mid-afternoon this week. The incident occurred this week when an eastbound car traveled through the traffic signal at the intersection and collided with the other vehicle.*
The impact caused both of the cars to crash off the roadway and into an embankment. The drivers both sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. Police have not yet filed charges in relation to the crash.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) writes that red-light running often occurs at intersections throughout the nation. In 2018, crashes caused by drivers who ran through red traffic signals killed 846 people. According to the IIHS, a good way to prevent this dangerous behavior is to install red-light cameras to identify drivers who violate traffic signals. While enforcement of traffic laws is important, police officers cannot monitor every intersection all of the time.
Studies have indicated that red light cameras are able to lower the rate of deadly red-light running crashes by 21 percent and reduce all types of fatal collisions at intersections by fourteen percent.
Red-light runners are more likely to be young, male and have histories of being in car accidents or driving under the influence. They also are more likely to be driving without a valid license.
The IIHS states that red light cameras are not a violation of privacy because driving is an activity that is regulated by the government, and the cameras are used to catch people who violate the law in the same way as police enforcement efforts.
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