Crash Injures Four on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC- Wmbfnews.com writes that a crash occurred this week on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach that injured four people. The collision took place at the intersection of Highway 17 and Kings Road in the later evening.*
The Horry County fire department arrived at the crash site and stated that in total, five vehicles were involved, and seventeen people were in those cars. Responders transported four victims to nearby hospitals.
Numbers indicate that in 2019, 431 deadly collisions took place on South Carolina roads by this time of year. In total, 461 people died in the Palmetto State last year at this point in time, which indicated an increase of 46 as compared to 2018. Numbers are down this year, with a total number of 382 deadly crashes this year, and 415 people killed.
A recent study found that South Carolina had the third-highest rate of deaths caused by car crashes in the nation. The study was focused on distracted driving prevention efforts. In South Carolina, texting while driving is illegal, but there is no ban on handheld devices. The law against texting and driving is difficult for police to enforce when handheld devices are not illegal. In 2016, officers only cited 53 people statewide for violations of the distracted driving law. When contrasted with other states, such as Delaware, which issued 13,061 tickets, the lack of enforcement is clear.
The fine for violations in South Carolina was only a minimum of $25. In Delaware, the minimum fine was four times as high at $100 per violation.
About one out of every ten deadly collisions is the result of a distracted driver.
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