HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The number of fatal accidents in South Carolina compared to this time last year is down, but Horry County's number is up. Some Horry County residents say more people need to pay attention on the roads in order to bring that number down.
"You see a lot of accidents that could be avoided by just, you know, paying attention," Trina Moskalik said.
According to statistics, the South Carolina Highway Patrol's 100 Deadly Days of Summer Campaign that launched in May, fatalities are up compared to last year. Bill Bruner says he doesn't think it's up to police to make people drive more safely.
"I'm not sure they can do anymore than a high visibility type thing. There's not much they can do to get out there and direct traffic. I mean, that's idiotic, there's just not enough of them," Bruner said.
Since Thursday of last week, four people have died in Horry County in traffic accidents. Local residents say they're concerned.
"I think the people of Myrtle Beach drive like idiots. Particularly you have the tourists coming down here, things like that. They don't know where they are, they don't know where they're going. You have a lot of foreigners down here, riding bicycles on the wrong side of the road. You have to be very careful and observant and pay attention to everything going on around you," Bruner said.
The Highway Patrol says it will continue to have a presence on roads that have proven to be the most dangerous, like 17-Bypass and Highway 501. According to troopers, those are the roads most tourists use to come and go. Joanne Buchanan wants people to know, it's the local residents' responsibility to be aware of the tourists.
"Remember you're in a tourist town, you have people from all parts of the country here visiting for a week or two weeks. They're not always sure where they're going. Back off a little bit. You know, allow them distance so if they do wanna turn left and they're in the right, they have the opportunity," Buchanan said.
Highway Patrols says one common problem it sees drivers doing along Horry County roads is failing to yield properly.