South Carolina drivers ranked 2nd worst in the nation

Published: Dec. 16, 2013 at 8:44 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 17, 2013 at 12:44 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – According to a study from the website, South Carolina has the second-worst drivers in the nation.

This ranking is based on several factors, including fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, failure to obey, drunk driving rates, traffic tickets and the state's careless driving rating.

The latest count shows that 714 people have died on South Carolina roads so far this year. The state has a fatality rate of 49 per 100 million vehicle miles traveled, one of the highest in the country.

According to, South Carolina is ranked 50th for Careless Driving, and the Drunk Driving rating went from 30th to 49th in the United States. The state is ranked 38th in terms of Traffic Tickets.

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But the traffic issues around the state can't be blamed solely on the drivers: experts contend that unsafe roadways also play a part. The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study has a list of the most dangerous intersections in Horry County that need to be improved. These roads include: Singleton Ridge Road in Conway, Highway 501 and 378 in Conway, Highway 501 where it meets Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, and the 17 Bypass and 6th Avenue South in North Myrtle Beach, to name a few.

Drivers agree these intersections need a lot of work, but the problem is getting the money to make it happen.

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