Tragic Car Accident Reported on King's Highway in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (SC)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC- Wmbfnews.com writes that one person died this week in a collision that took place in the early morning in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.*
Reports state that the incident happened at the intersection of North King's Highway and 62nd Avenue North. The victim was identified as a 21-year-old woman from Myrtle Beach. Responders rushed the young woman to the Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, but she passed away a short while after the crash from her injuries. Reports did not include details regarding the cause of that collision.
South Carolina has one of the highest rates of fatal traffic accidents in the country. One study indicated that South Carolina is the third-worst state when it comes to traffic-related deaths. Critics of South Carolina's handling of distracted driving-related laws state that the low penalties and lack of enforcement of South Carolina's ban on texting and driving contribute to the risks experienced by motorists and others using the road.
South Carolina issues tickets of 25 dollars for drivers caught texting well operating their vehicles. Studies indicate that in recent years few tickets are issued to motorists for such a violation. Police officers often struggle to enforce a ban on texting in the absence of the law preventing the use of handheld electronics behind the wheel. The reason for this is that drivers who are texting can easily claim they were using their phones for a purpose that does not violate the specific terms of the texting ban. Also, a 25 dollar citation fails to serve as an adequate deterrent.
Distracted driving kills thousands of Americans every year, and cell phone use behind the wheel is one of the leading causes of driver distraction. The state also suffers from higher than average rates of drunk drivers.
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