S.C. Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall has a plan to combat the high death rate on rural roads across the state. She said $50 million of annual funding to the agency could help stem the tide of fatalities and that improving safety on rural roads should be the top priority for any new funding. There were 975 traffic deaths in South Carolina in 2016, according to preliminary numbers released by the S.C. Department of Public Safety earlier this month. The funding, Hall said, could be used on infrastructure improvements — rumble strips, raised pavement markings, highly reflective signs, wider markings, guardrails, pavements treatments, wider shoulders, paved shoulders, relocating drainage ditches and wider “clear zones” adjacent to roadways, according to a statement from the S.C. Department of Transportation.
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