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'TRIP' study: South Carolina rural roads are deadliest the country

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A new transportation study was just released, outlining safety concerns for rural roads across the country and South Carolina tops the list.

According to a June 2017 study by the National Transportation Research Group, South Carolina rural roads have the highest fatality rate in the nation with 3.82 deaths per million miles of travel.

In that same study, South Carolina ranks number 4 with the total number of rural fatalities in the nation, at 607 deaths.

"We have the highest fatality rate in the nation and I can tell you that 30% of our fatal accidents happen on 5% of our roads," said Leland Colvin, SCDOT Deputy Secretary of Engineering.

According to SCDOT, the Road Bill, which passed in May, will allocate funding to fix South Carolina rural roads.

"One of our highest priorities is going to be our rural road safety program," said Colvin.

SCDOT said they will begin fixing some of the rural roads in the Upstate within the next 12 months.

"We're targeting the 2000 most deadly miles in the state," said Colvin.

Phase 1 will cover 500 of those 2000 miles across the state.

SCDOT will start with US-25, SC-14 and US-29 in the Upstate.

"We're going to do things like trying to widen the shoulder, put down additional rumble strips and cut some of the trees that are close by. An awful lot of accidents are happening with people who are distracted and going off the road and hitting a tree, so we're going to begin that safety program almost immediately," said Ben Davis, SCDOT District 3 Commissioner. 

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