CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Dangerous intersections across the Lowcountry are seeing more than their fair share of traffic accidents.
Under the Freedom of Information Act, Live 5 News requested more than 18 months of preliminary collision data from the S.C. Department of Public Safety to pinpoint the locations where drivers are most vulnerable.
According to the department's data set, 279 crashes occurred at or near I-26 at Ashley Phosphate, making the area the number one intersection for collisions for 2015-2016.
According to Kinard, the volume of cars can be problematic but collisions can also be attributed to "aggressive driving," drivers rushing from "point A to point B." He said patrol officers often see drivers ignore area traffic lights and signals.
While most accidents at Ashley Phosphate and I-26 occurred during rush hour between 6-9 AM and 3-6 PM, according to public safety data, weather conditions were rarely a factor. According to 2015-2016 data, most accidents of the 279 that occurred at I-26 and Ashley Phosphate happened during clear (234) or dry (246) conditions.
"Our traffic officers primarily patrol our major highways," Grainger said. "[Officers] periodically conduct selective enforcement operations at a particular location based on collision activity and/or reported violations. This intersection is routinely in our monthly top 5 locations for selective enforcement."
117 accidents happened at 526 and I-26, where the two interstates merge. Yet, Sgt. Bob Beres with S.C. Highway Patrol said the common denominator for crashes across the Tricounty is driver behavior.
*Data provided the SC Department of Public Safety. Numbers reflect preliminary collision data from Jan. 1, 2015. to Nov. 4, 2016.