Finally, summer has arrived. The weather is warm and you have probably noticed that the roads are packed. More vehicles on South Carolina roadways mean a higher risk for crashes. Travelers are driving on unfamiliar roads and for long hours often in the early mornings or late evenings. They are probably dealing with increased stress from heat, traffic, and noisy children. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reported 16 traffic fatalities in Orangeburg County since January 1st of this year.
The SC Department of Public Safety and the SC Department of Transportation have presented their strategic highway safety plan entitled Target Zero. This collaborative effort is indicative of our state’s commitment to eliminating traffic fatalities and reducing severe injuries over time. The State’s goal is to eliminate traffic fatalities rather than merely reducing them. SCDPS has centered their focus around enforcement and education while SCDOT is focused on engineering solutions. In order to achieve the goal of zero traffic fatalities, a reduction in the number of fatal and severe injury collisions must be achieved in each of the following emphasis areas:
- Roadway Departure
- Unrestrained Motor Vehicle Occupants
- Age Related Crashes
- Speed Related
- Vulnerable Roadway Users
- Intersection & Other High-Risk Locations
- Impaired Driving
- Commercial Motor Vehicles/Heavy Trucks
- Distracted Driving
- Safety Data Collection, Access, and Analysis
With July 4th weekend approaching, you should plan ahead, allow plenty of time for travel, and try and avoid the worst peak traffic periods. Also be aware that there are more impaired drivers on our roadways during holiday weekends.
The South Carolina Department of Safety posted these tips in order to help keep you and your family safe on the roads this summer.
Even if you follow all of the road safety tips above, accidents can still happen. There will always be those drivers who do not exercise vigilance. If you or a loved one have been injured on South Carolina roadways, contact our office today so that we can review your case.