Major traffic crackdown begins Monday on I-26

CHARLESTON, SC - By Harve Jacobs  bio | email | Twitter

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Beginning Monday, the Highway Patrol will launch one of the toughest traffic crackdowns in recent memory.

Troopers will target speeders and reckless drivers on sections of Interstate 26. Authorities say it is an effort to reduce the number of fatal accidents on the highway.

The crackdown will be focused on I-26 from Ashley Phosphate Road all the way up to where I-26 meets I-95.

Troopers also will target sections of I-26 north of I-95 to Columbia. The plan is to use marked patrol cars as well as unmarked cars to crack down on speeders.

"I think they should at least give you at least a leeway like five miles an hour," said a man we spoke with at an I-26 rest stop. "You know it's not gonna hurt or kill anybody I don't think."

The Highway Patrol says the crackdown won't be a one-day operation and it will be done until further notice. The Berkeley and Dorchester County sheriff's offices also will participate.

"It's probably a good idea. The speed limit's fast enough, it really is," said a woman we spoke with at the rest stop. "I'd rather get there in one piece, so slow down."

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