A field trip ended in multiple injuries on Oct. 19 when a school bus went off the road as it was headed southbound on U.S. 25, about 4 miles from Ware Shoals. The bus reportedly struck a fence and utility pole and then fell down an embankment.
Drivers always need to be cautious in school zones. However, now that the school year has started again, it's particularly crucial not just to obey all posted signs and crossing guards, but to keep your eye out for kids who might run into the street unexpectedly.
Pedestrians rarely come out on the winning end of a pedestrian-versus-vehicle encounter. As pedestrians, we can't control drivers who are reckless or negligent. You may have been taught that pedestrians always have the right of way. However, don't count on drivers always giving you that.
All new teen drivers know that using their phones to text, talk, check social media or post photos or videos is dangerous. They need to keep their attention on their driving and their eyes on the road.
Summer is a great time to go out and have fun with family and friends, but it's also a threat to those on the road. Summer driving isn't just dangerous because there are more people on the roads. The addition of teens with new licensing, the possibility of dehydration and heat exhaustion behind the wheel and other issues make summer a dangerous time as well.
You may not believe that distracted driving is very dangerous, but it can become a life-threatening risk in just moments. As of April 1, 2018, 189 people have been killed as a result of distracted driving in South Carolina. The good news about this is that it's 59 fewer deaths than the same time in 2017, when a total of 248 people had died.
If you recall the recent news, you may remember an Amtrak train that collided with a freight train parked on the tracks in South Carolina in early February. This train crashed as a result of being routed incorrectly, but still, Amtrak is facing scrutiny.
Pedestrians are in a difficult position. When they're on the roads, they typically have the right of way. They also have no protection against vehicles. As a result, even if they are in the right, a traffic accident can cause serious or fatal injuries.
Traffic accidents are common, and it's not unusual to see vehicles on the side of the road with rescue workers working hard at the scene. It's a tragedy that people focus on things other than the drive when they're behind the wheel; it puts them and others at danger.
Imagine going out on Halloween night to enjoy a local hayride. You and your kids pile into the ride, not worried about a thing. Then, out of nowhere, a vehicle collides with you. Everyone is thrown from the trailer, and now the once enjoyable night has become the scene of an emergency.