Traffic along I-385 in Greenville county. (File/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Car insurance experts have named South Carolina as home to the most dangerous roads in the country. A study from carinsurancecomparison.com looked at everything from traffic deaths to funding for roads.
Some of those insurance experts said the reason why is clear. South Carolina has fewer educational steps required to get a license, and there are no laws prohibiting cell phone use on the road.
Whether or not drivers consider themselves safe on the South Carolina highways, chances are they are paying more to just to get behind the wheel than most of the nation.
State Farm Insurance Agent Michael Oliver said insurance rates in South Carolina are higher than average and that's because how people drive on the road shapes some of that cost.
"They look at the number of incidents and the cost to repair them," Oliver said. "There's a lot of calculations, math and forecasting that goes into determining rates."
The carinsurancecomparison.com study highlights South Carolina's weak seat belt usage, and the numbers from the South Carolina Highway Patrol also reflect that problem.
Troopers told FOX Carolina this year there have been 355 fatal accidents in which the victims had access to a seatbelt. Of those, more than half, 214, weren't wearing the safety device.
Highway patrol wouldn't comment on the dangerous highway study, but did say it's drivers, not the roads that need improvement.
"Roadways are not more dangerous, that's not what takes peoples lives," said Lance Corporal Bill Rhyne with the SC Highway Patrol. "What we see are bad decisions, bad choices made by drivers leading to somebody losing their life in a accident."
This year roadway deaths are down 33 from where they were this time last year. Highway Patrol believes it's because the high visibility campaigns are finally making a difference.
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