Effort to decrease fatalities on White Horse Road paying off - FOX Carolina 21

Effort to decrease fatalities on White Horse Road paying off

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Troopers said en elderly driver died at the scene (FOX Carolina/ April 10, 2017) Troopers said en elderly driver died at the scene (FOX Carolina/ April 10, 2017)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

White Horse Road through Greenville can become pretty busy at all times of the day. South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper, Corporal Bill Rhyne says the higher the traffic, the more likely an accident will occur.

"White Horse Road is an area that we have seen a higher level of collisions than other areas involving fatalities,” he explained.

According to Rhyne, from 2012-2016 there were 55 fatal collisions where 57 people died. Of those 57 deaths, 15 of those were pedestrians. There's been 3 pedestrian deaths this year alone.

"We're going to do what it takes to reduce the fatalities at all costs here in the state of South Carolina,” said Rhyne.

Those 3 deaths prompted action by state lawmakers. In March, Senator Karl Allen brought together Department of Transportation and Public Safety officials with citizens. In efforts to improve safety for drivers and pedestrians.

"Let them give direct input,” said Senator Allen.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol placed their Target Zero team and troopers along parts of White Horse Road in April. They wrote 739 traffic citations during that span.

"During that time period we also saw was the fact we had no fatalities that took place during that period,” said Rhyne.

Senator Allen says they will continue to look at avenues to improve the safety of pedestrians and drivers along white horse road.

"We've got to change the design whether it be sidewalks or electronic safety devices or barriers,” he explained.

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