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Fatal crash sparks need to report unsafe roads

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Desiree died when a truck slammed into the side of her vehicle back in 2007 at the intersection of Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road. Desiree died when a truck slammed into the side of her vehicle back in 2007 at the intersection of Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road.
South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say anyone worried about an unsafe road can ask the DOT to check it out. South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say anyone worried about an unsafe road can ask the DOT to check it out.

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Debra Norris knows all about loss. Her daughter, Desiree, died when a truck slammed into the side of her vehicle back in 2007.

The accident happened at the intersection of Highway 501 and East Cox Ferry Road, before any traffic signals were in place.

Norris says after the accident, she and her family set out to fix the problem so no one else would get hurt.

 "We went around to neighborhoods and just got signatures," Norris says. "I guess [the signatures] help, but it's something you really don't have to do."

Norris discovered there is a process to getting traffic lights added to an unsafe road, even if it isn't always a quick one.

South Carolina Department of Transportation officials say anyone worried about an unsafe road can ask the DOT to check it out.

"Being a resident of South Carolina, if you think there's a specific area that is in need of a traffic signal or stop sign or something like that you can call in," Norris says. "They will send someone out to investigate the area."

After receiving the complaint, DOT officials then study the road much like they did before traffic signals were installed at East Cox Ferry Road to determine how many cars and people use it.

If the study determines a road needs additional safety measures, then it simply becomes a matter of paying for it.

Tuesday night, the Horry County Transportation Committee approved up to $100,000 in funding to build a new traffic signal on Highway 544 near Coastal Carolina University.

Norris says she hopes students nearby will appreciate the difference one traffic signal can make.

"Every time I go through [the intersection at East Cox Ferry Road], we always consider it 'our light'," Norris says. "That's the way I feel about it, that it's our light, that it was put up for our family."

If you'd like to report an unsafe road in your area, you can contact the South Carolina Department of Transportation:

South Carolina Department of Transportation
Attn: SCDOT Communications
955 Park Street
P.O. Box 191
Columbia, SC 29201-3959
Phone: 855-GO-SCDOT (855-467-2368)

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