Rain showers cause traffic accidents, delays across the Grand Strand

Weather causes perilous driving conditions

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Horry County had rain showers nearly consistently throughout the day Thursday. Myrtle Beach Police told WMBF News they responded to more accidents on April 4th, than on a typical Thursday in April.

Captain David Knipes with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said often times visitors are in town, and they're not sure exactly where they're going. Knipes said because the visitor's distracted driving could cause accidents.

"We have a lot of accidents that are caused by them not paying attention to the roadway in front of them. They're looking for that restaurant or they're looking for that beachwear store and their eyes are diverted away from the roadway to the businesses on the side… so they need to pay better attention to what's ahead of them," Captain Knipes said.

Captain Knipes said because there's so many extra people in town this time of year, every person on the road needs to drive defensively.

"Expect that somebody in front of you is gonna make that erratic move, that last minute lane change, turn without turning his turn signal on. Expect the unexpected," Captain Knipes said.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol was unable to provide an exact number of how many accidents happened in Horry County on Thursday, but said because of the rain, it was more than what is typical.

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