Speed Patrol: Highway 90

Little River, SC - By Jennifer Grove - bio | email

LONG, SC (WMBF) - WMBF News Speed Patrol is looking into viewers' concerns about speeding and dangerous driving along Highway 90 between Conway and Little River.

Already this year the road has seen 63 collisions, making it a Top 10 road in Horry County for both collisions and enforcement, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

At KT & Son's Transmission, they see plenty of cars in their shop needing repairs. They say they see a whole different set of car troubles, however, on Highway 90 just outside their shop.

"I've been here five years and probably had 10 wrecks in front of my business," Kenny Todd said.

Todd says he lives just a few hundred yards from his business, but refuses to make the commute on foot.

"I tried to walk across the street one time and thought I was going to get run over, so I decided to drive back to work," he said.

Despite the dangerous speedS, Todd says he can understand why people have a hard time slowing down to 45 on his section of the highway.

"I do know when you get off [Highway] 22 running 60, 65, 70 miles an hour, when you jump on 45 you just feel like you're in a parade," Todd admitted.

Todd believes the speed should stay a consistent 55 all the way through, although his neighbor Doug Johnson likes the 45 and wants that speed to be the limit.

"People have gotten killed on the corner right up here," Johnson said. "They really need to make it 45 [mph] all the way down the road."

Johnson says he has had to deal first hand with the speeds and passing attempts on the roadway.

"Not long ago I decided to pull off the side of the road because a car was coming in my lane," Johnson relayed. "It was scary."

South Carolina Department of Transportation says they are not considering any speed limit changes or possible road projects along the highway at this time.

Highway Patrol says that Thursday is the most active day for collisions with the hours of 3-6 p.m. being the specific timeframe when most collisions occur.

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