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Study: South Carolina drivers ranked third worst in nation

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CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

A new study is ranking South Carolina drivers as the third worst in the nation. CarInsuranceComparison.com used statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to create the study. 

Some South Carolina drivers are not pleased with the drivers in our state. 

"South Carolina drivers are of a different breed," Matthew Rees, originally from Nebraska, said.  "Often times way to aggressive or not aggressive enough." 

Eli Barnes says people always seem to be distracted when driving. 

"Everybody is always on their phones and always not worried about what's going on on the roads," Barnes said. 

According to the study, South Carolina has the the highest number of fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles and the state ranks 7th for top offenses in speeding and careless driving. South Carolina also ranks 10th for drunken driving. 

"I've seen quite a bit of accidents at least two or three a day, just from people not paying attention and rear-ending somebody," Barnes said.

Rees also he feels like Charleston is outgrowing itself. 

"The roads are not designed to handle this amount of traffic," Rees said.

Others have a different view. 

Bruce Barlie has lived in South Carolina for about two years. 

"I learned how to drive in New York City so I think South Carolina Drivers are a little more cautious," Barlie said. 

Some organizations like The National Transportation Research Group and AAA point to the lack of maintained rural roads as part of the problem. 

A Highway Patrol officer says driver behavior is causing crashes statewide. More than 90 percent of people wear their seat belts and have been for the last four years. On the other hand, more than half of the people dying in car crashes are not buckling up.

"If people would just slow down and take their time I think there would be far less accidents. The problem is people are so rushed because they know that traffic is going to be heavy," Rees said.

Highway Patrol officers suggest giving yourself extra time during the holiday season as you might see more cars on the road. You should also be patient and always your seat belt.

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