Drivers are urged to stay within the speed limits along Interstate-26 between Charleston and Columbia. Law enforcement agencies began a new campaign to keep drivers within the posted speed limits. Some reports say drivers who drive even one mile per hour over the speed limit will get a ticket. Corporal Paul Brouthers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol says that is not true.
Not true. That is just not true. What we’re doing is we’ve formed a DUI team with the members of the Highway Patrol, along with the Berkeley and Dorchester County Sheriff’s Offices. They will be out in force working a stretch of I-26 from Exit 194 all the way to I-95. And, the purpose, of course, is to preserve life.
Brouthers says one highway death is one too many, and that’s the reason for the “crackdown.”
We’ve had, over the last three years, and up to this date, 10 fatalities on that stretch of highway. All 10 were single-car collisions where they went off the road, over turned, hit a tree, or whatever. Those can be attributed to one of, if not more than, these three things, and that is: speeding, inattentive driving, and driving tired, fatigued.
Brouthers says some people may not be intentionally speeding, so they take that into consideration. However, he does say the law is the law.
South Carolina is an absolute speed law state, which means, if you go one mile an hour over the speed limit, technically you are in violation of the statute. Each case stands on its own, and obviously when you buy a new car, your speedometer could be off. With that in mind, the Highway Patrol and local partners obviously take that into consideration in traffic enforcement, and if you are going two or three miles over the speed limit, obviously, you’re in violation of the law, but that doesn’t mean it was an intentional act, we understand this.
The I-26 speed limit crackdown is between Exits 169 (Interstate-95) and Exit 194 (Jedburg, near Summerville).