Rep. Gilliard asking for increased patrols on I-26

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A South Carolina Representative has asked the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) to ramp up patrols and install surveillance equipment on a dangerous stretch of I-26.

Representative Wendell Gilliard sent a letter last week to SCDPS Director Leroy Smith asking him to consider putting more patrols and installing security cameras along I-26 from Ashley Phosphate to Cosgrove.

Gilliard says over the last few years there have been more accidents, shootings and dangerous driving along a busy stretch of I-26 in North Charleston.

He says if more law enforcement are watching the roads, the number of incident will decrease and the problem can be squashed before it is too late.

"If we don't act now, we will have to look for more negative things in this area and on these highways," said Gilliard. "I think this is a way of being pro-active."

A statement from the SCDPS says they are working with officials in North Charleston to help curb the problem:

"The Department of Public Safety has been working with the North Charleston Police Department and community leaders to address concerns about crime along I-26 in the North Charleston Area. We will continue to coordinate and work with the North Charleston Police Department and community leaders to curb and deter crime and traffic violations in this area, and will apply enforcement resources as needed in coordination with local law enforcement."

Law enforcement officials say it could take months before more patrols and surveillance cameras are added on I-26.

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