Make U.S. 278 safe before another tragedy

newsroom@islandpacket.comJune 7, 2014 

How many vehicular crashes, injuries and deaths on U.S. 278 will it take before officials address this situation? A combination of speed, reckless lane switching, tourists not knowing where to turn, and U-turns make the road ripe for disaster.

Since October of 2013, we have had three fatalities on U.S. 278, according to Deputy Chief Major Joseph Manning of the Bluffton Police Department. In Bluffton Police Department's 2013 annual report, five high-accident locations in Bluffton were listed, three of which were on U.S. 278.

On a side note, according to Car, South Carolina ranks second for the worst drivers in the U. S. (Larry Copeland, USA TODAY , December 16, 2013).

I urge officials to address this problem by significantly lowering the speed limits and educating drivers through increased traffic enforcement on U.S. 278.

We also need public support to petition the state for funds to hire two additional police officers to work strictly traffic enforcement in Bluffton.

Will you please contact Sen. Tom Davis and Rep. Bill Herbkersman, urging them to help us make it a safer highway? Find their contact information at

Bonita Sanders


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