New signs aim to improve safety

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Kyle Grainger - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC  (WMBF) – A number of new, bright signs along South Carolina's roadways are aiming at making intersections safer, South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say.

Workers with the SCDOT have been installing new signs since the first of March. Ken Hayes with the Department of Transportation office branch in Marion says the project starts in Horry County, and once finished next week, will move onto Darlington County.

Hayes says the improvements are being made to intersections where there have been a lot of accidents. He says the state hopes this will be a low-cost way of helping eliminate crashes.

Myrtle Beach Police Cpl. Jay Stevens says the signs may help, but drivers need to remember to slow down and pay attention.

"People really need to be aware of their surroundings," said Stevens. "They need to wear their seatbelts."

Drivers like Jitka South say they notice how tourists drive when they're not paying attention.

"You know how it can be when tourists are driving. You can tell sometimes they are confused, they go slow. They can really make the driving difficult," said South. "So I think that's really good that they're doing this to give people some kind of alerts before they get to intersections."

In all, SCDOT plans to add the new signs to 55 intersections in Horry County.

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