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Deadly accidents on the rise in Loris

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By Rebecca Ryan - bio | email

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - So far this year, the South Carolina Highway Patrol reported more fatal accidents in the Loris area of Horry County than in years past.

According to Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, troopers are beefing up their presence in the area in hopes of cutting back on the number of fatal accidents.

"Through high-visibility enforcement, people should obey the speed limits more," Collins said. "Just the presence of the patrol cars. Hopefully that will change driving habits, which will change the fatality rates we see in that area."

Business owners in the area said they've noticed the troopers, too.

"Just in the last two or three weeks, the highway patrolman, he's been working really hard here," said Scott Floyd, owner of Scott's Kwik Stop. "I've seen him pull a lot of people over."

Most of the wrecks are single car crashes where the driver swerved off the road hitting a tree or power pole.  

From Jan. 1, 2009 until Sept. 21, 2009, the SCHP reported 39 fatal accidents in Horry County. The number of deadly wrecks has been decreasing over the last four years.

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