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SC ranks as top state for speed traps

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Traffic along Interstate 385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina) Traffic along Interstate 385 in Greenville County. (File/FOX Carolina)

South Carolina ranks at the top of a national group's list when it comes to the number of speed traps.

The National Motorist's Association said a speed trap is any area with a fairly low speed limit with heavy traffic enforcement designed for a purpose, to generate ticket revenue.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol said speed traps don't exist at all. They said there are areas of increased traffic enforcement but they are there to help, not hurt motorists.

They said roads only get extra monitoring if that area becomes dangerous, such as a higher amount of accidents.

"If you have a spike of crashes on the roadway, we do send multiple troopers to do high visibility enforcement to reduce those crashes and fatalities," said Lance Cpl. Sunny Collins. 

Troopers say high visibility enforcement works. South Carolina Highway Patrol is just wrapping up their 100 Days Of Summer Heat Campaign with 33 fewer fatalities this summer than last.

But some motorists FOX Carolina talked to said they've seen too much increased enforcement in the Upstate.

"I saw 10 to 12 in a 4-mile span on I-85 the other day," said Tim Yobrugh. "I know they are doing their job but I don't think it's right to put 10 to 12 cops in a 4-mile radius."

Some don't believe safety is the real issue here.

"If they see someone driving at a speed that's really endangering people, I pull them over," said Kyle Warchehiem. "But pulling over as many people as you possibly can is a revenue driven thing. They say it's safety, I don't see that."

South Carolina had 50 reports of speed traps per 100,000 residents.

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