Serious Accident With Injuries on US Hwy. 701 in Loris, South Carolina (SC)
LORIS, SC – According the an online news story posted on WBTW.com, the South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a serious motor vehicle accident with personal injuries collision on US Hwy. 701 in Loris, South Carolina.*
Motor vehicle accident investigators closed a portion of Highway 701 at approximately 9:58 a.m. on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 after motor vehicles involved in a serious accident blocked the road. The South Carolina Highway Patrol reported that the accident occurred on U.S. Highway 701 near the SC-9 Overpass. The story is developing and accident crews have cleaned up the accident scene.
According to a story published on WISTV.com, South Carolina is ranked as the 3rd most deadly state for traffic accidents. The state averaged 20.5 traffic accident deaths per 100,000 people making the state the third most deadliest state. Mississippi and Alabama were ranked #1 and #2 in annual traffic accident deaths respectively.
South Carolina has been criticized for issuing as few as 53 citations for distracted driving. In South Carolina, a distracted driving ticket carries minimum fine of $25. According to the news report, states that issue a high number of distracted driving citations with stiff fines have seen a decrease in accidents caused by a distracted driver. For example, the state of Delaware issued the highest number of distracted driving citations in the United Stated. The state issued about 13,060 distracted driving citations in one year.
A South Carolina bill introduced could classify driving while using a mobile device as Driving Under the Influence of an Electronic Device (DUI-E). If convicted, the punishments would be much more severe. Washington state already has Driving Under the Influence of an Electronic Device (DUI-E) laws with increased penalties in place.
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