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One death is one too many: troopers push forward with Target Zero

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - 518 people have been killed on South Carolina roadways this year, 47 in Horry County.

Now, troopers are targeting specific corridors with a specific goal: prevent fatal crashes and serious collisions. 

Part of that plan is identifying high-collision corridors.

Highway 17 and  Highway 501 are marked as two state roads with high-crash and high-fatality rates within the Palmetto State.

You’ll see more troopers concentrating on those area as they crack down on speeding, DUIs and seat-belt violations. So far this year, Horry County has had the highest number of deadly accidents in the state.

"[He] wasn’t just a band member, or a friend. [He] was more like a brother,” shared Caustin Sutton as he recalled a friendship with his former band-mate.

For Sutton, the name behind the number is his close friend Gavin Brunetti,  killed earlier this year in a car accident, just blocks from his family’s home.

"We're a lot more cautious, how we drive and how we act. Make sure we always leave on a good note," he said. 

Message boards on local roads now display the number of deadly accidents on state roads. It is a constant reminder for Sutton of his friend’s death, and a constant reminder for you to drive safely.

"The only acceptable number of traffic deaths is zero,” stated Lt. Col. Williamson with SCHP.

Williamson spoke at a press conference on Wednesday regarding a new push to crack down on deadly driving behavior.

The statewide mission is 'Target Zero' and now has a team of 24 troopers to target the top three infractions which cause deadly crashes.

"You will see troopers using handheld radar guns, conducting roving patrols and public safety checkpoints," explained Williamson.

SCDPS and SCDOT identified 16 high-crash and high-fatality corridors in South Carolina.

This Target Zero team will focus on four regions of the state with the highest number of deadly and serious accidents: Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, and Myrtle Beach. 

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