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Bad drivers, bad roads, bad combination

Sep 2, 2011 12:55:00 AM - thestate.com
Troopers who regularly patrol South Carolina’s roads have reasons why the deadliest rural routes in America are in this state.

There are cell phones and iPods, texting devices and motorists who drive while intoxicated.

Plus, there are those who don’t wear seat belts or put on a helmet to ride a motorcycle. What they have in common, officials say, is a pattern of inattentiveness.

“It’s not the roadways that’s the danger,” Highway Patrol Cpl. Bob Beres said. “It’s the person.”

South Carolina ranks first in the nation for rural road fatalities, with nearly five deaths per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in 2009, according to a report released Thursday by the Associated General Contractors of America. Florida was next in line with about 3.5 deaths Heading into Labor Day, The Post and Courier collected theories and solutions behind South Carolina’s treacherous road conditions from some of the major players, including state officials and some of the contractors who lay the asphalt.

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