Extra traffic patrols on a deadly section of Interstate 26 near Charleston seem to be paying off, according to news reports.
The dangerous 22-mile stretch of the expressway west of Summerville has not seen any car accident fatalities since patrols were increased in August.
Law enforcement decided to more heavily patrol the area after 26 people died on that 22-mile section of highway from the beginning of 2007 and the end of August this year, according to news reports. Many of the fatalities were from one-vehicle accidents.
Interstate 26 is one of South Carolina’s busiest interstates and among the most deadly in the United States.
As a North Charleston car accident attorney, , I’m glad to see the increase in patrols is causing safer conditions on the roadway. However, because the highway is getting safer just because of police supervision, it seems unsafe driving practices, including speeding, tailgating and inattention while driving may be to blame for the high fatality rates. Drivers should remember to practice safe driving techniques even when patrols aren’t there to issue them a ticket for unsafe driving. I hope this patrol increase can teach drivers how to make the highway safer for everyone.