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South Carolina auto accidents which result in death are more often related to speeding than in the neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia. In March, 2005, an electronic measurement by the South Carolina Department of Transportation of 195,268 vehicles traveling on South Carolina’s rural interstate highways, showed that 70 percent exceeded the speed limit. Seventy percent! This included 17,259 going over 80 miles per hour. 3,940 vehicles were traveling over 85 mph, and 1,146 cars were traveling over 90 mph.

Those numbers are staggering. According to the South Carolina DOT, South Carolina has a significantly higher percentage of speed related fatalities than its neighboring states of North Carolina and Georgia – as well as the United States.
South Carolina speed related deaths, as a percentage of all traffic deaths, is over twice that of Georgia and exceeds the United States figure by almost 20 percentage points.

In South Carolina, 42 percent of all traffic fatalities are speeding-related. In North Carolina, 37 percent are speeding-related. In Georgia, it is just 20 percent. For the nation as a whole, 31 percent of traffic fatalities involve speeding.

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Interstate 95 enters South Carolina on its 198-mile trek near the town of Hamer, South Carolina. It then travels south through Florence, South Carolina, where it meets up with Interstate 20 just west of the town. This stretch of I-95 is so heavily traveled that in 2004, the South Carolina Department of Transportation completed a ten mile long widening project. Heading south, I-95 crosses Lake Marion. After its 2 mile water crossing, Interstate 85 ends up in the city of Santee and then Harleysville where it has an interchange with Interstate 26.

At 1,927 miles, Interstate 95 is the longest north-south Interstate highway. I-95 is known for being the most heavily traveled Interstate. I-95 passes through more states than any other interstate in the United States highway system.

The southern terminus for this interstate is in the city of Miami, Florida, at a junction with U.S. Highway 1 and Alligator Alley. To the north the terminus is at the Canadian border at Houlton, Maine, where it becomes New Brunswick Route 95.

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Interstate 85 in South Carolina is the 107 mile corridor from Charlotte, North Carolina to Atlanta, Georgia. I-85 is well-known for its heavy traffic, comprised of both cars and large trucks. Interstate 85 travels through the cities of Spartanburg, South Carolina and Greenville, South Carolina.

I-85 is a major commercial roadway, all the way from the port of Baltimore, Maryland to the Gulf Coast ports and the surrounding region. In Spartanburg, South Carolina, I-85 splits in two, forming Business I-85. Interstate 585 is a spur from that split. I-585 does not connect directly to I-85 and leaves the exit / interchange as SC-176. Two miles later, SC-176 comes to an end and becomes I-85 Business, at a traffic light intersection of SC-221 and local route 9.

I-385 is a southeast spur that meets I-26 on its way to Columbia, South Carolina. A westbound I-385, from the same I-85 exit 51 runs into Greenville, South Carolina. I-185 is a northwesterly spur into the southern part of the city of Greenville, South Carolina.

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The final 90 miles of I-77 goes almost in a straight line south from the South Carolina border (11 miles from Charlotte, North Carolina) to the Capitol City of Columbia, South Carolina where it terminates. The northern terminus of this 611 mile Interstate is in Cleveland where it meets Interstate 90. Along the South Carolina portion of this interstate, I-77 goes through mostly rural areas with only one major city in its path, Rock Hill, South Carolina. Rock Hill, in York County, South Carolina, is due south of Charlotte.

Interstate 77 has numerous exits along the 90 mile path, serving almost every local in-state road it passes. I-77 actually sees as much local on / off traffic as it does interstate travel.

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Interstate 26 is a major east-west highway serving the southeastern United States. I-26 serves Columbia, South Carolina, and along with the I-385 spur, is a major route in the Greenville, South Carolina / Spartanburg, South Carolina area.

I-26 leaves South Carolina at the North Carolina border on its way to Asheville, North Carolina. This roadway is mostly a 4 lane highway except in the Columbia, South Carolina and Charleston, South Carolina areas, which add lanes and interchange feeder roads. I-26 runs from the junction of US Route 11 and 23 in Kingsport, Tennessee in a southeasterly direction to its terminus in Charleston, South Carolina at Highway 17, near the Atlantic coast. I-26 connects directly into Highway 17 at downtown Charleston and also north and south of the city via the western side partial beltway of I-526. This makes for a very efficient access way to the industrial areas just outside the city and eases traffic along the main roadway into the heart of town.

The majority of I-26’s 347 miles can be found in the 220-mile southeasterly stretch in South Carolina.

I-26 connects the 4 largest cities in the state and intersects with other interstates in Rosinville, South Carolina (Near Bowman, South Carolina and Santee, South Carolina) (I-95), Columbia, South Carolina (I-20 and I-77), Clinton, South Carolina (I-385) and Spartanburg, South Carolina (I-85).

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Interstate 20 is a major interstate highway serving the southeastern U.S. along a 1536 mile east-west path. It originates in Kent, Texas at Interstate 10 and terminates two miles west of Florence, South Carolina, where it intersects with I-95.

I-20 is better known as the ‘Strom Thurmond Freeway’ for the eastern half of its 141-mile swath across the middle of South Carolina. After entering South Carolina just east of Augusta, Georgia, Interstate 20 then travels through the northern portion of Columbia.

Interstate 20 leaves Columbia, South Carolina and heads east until it terminates at I-95. Local Business Route 20 (David McLeod Boulevard) continues another two miles from the terminus and connects with Palmetto Street, the main roadway through Florence, South Carolina.

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