Speeders beware: Highway Patrol is cracking down

Six roads in Horry, Florence, Dillon and Darlington counties are being targeted by the SC Highway Patrol for cracking down on speeders.

Highways 31 and 905 will get the extra scrutiny in Horry County. In Florence County, you can expect more troopers on SC 13 (Hoffmeyer/National Cemetery). In Dillon County, US 301 and SC 9 are on the list. And in Darlington County, SC 340 will be targeted for speeders. They're among 38 roads statewide included in the new program.

We talked with Debbie Inman, who works at Sure Way Grocery on Highway 905. She says she sees younger drivers as the worst offenders and worries about the school, homes and businesses that line the busy highway.

The state Department of Transportation is giving the Highway Patrol $1.5 million to allow troopers to work overtime on roads, like 905, that have a high number of accidents caused by speeding drivers. The enforcement initiative will begin this weekend and continue over a two-year period.

The money from DOT is an expansion of a program in Greenville and Horry counties in November. That program brought extra patrols to a busy stretch of Highway 17 Bypass in the Myrtle Beach. The Department of Public Safety says over the past three years, there were nearly 1,300 crashes on that road, causing six deaths and 536 injuries. According to the DPS, it's the second deadliest stretch of highway in the state. Horry County ranks among the highest in the state for deadly crashes caused by speeding.

"Speed-related fatalities rank second only to DUI in South Carolina," said Highway Patrol Col. Kenny Lancaster.

We want to know what you think about speeders in your area. What roads or highways are the worst for speeders? What would you like to see done?

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