Build Stronger Infrastructure and Make Our Roads Safer
The fact that our roads are in need of repair is not up for debate. Travel down almost any road in South Carolina and you are met with potholes. In 2017, Tommy Stringer was cosponsor of a bill that raised funds to fix our roads through an increase in a “gas tax.” The legislation passed, tax was increased, and our roads are not fixed. He raised your taxes, and what do we have to show for it?
I will make sure we have accountability in South Carolina so that we can actually work towards infrastructure, building stronger roads and fixing roads that need to be fixed. I will make sure that the funding goes towards fixing our local and rural roads as well. We deserve equal representation.
Road safety is more than just paved roads, it’s also intersection safety. When I first moved to South Carolina, I was shocked at the amount of people who ran red lights. For the roads that I frequent, it is common for three or four cars to speed through an intersection after the light has turned red. I was involved in an accident three years ago when someone ran a red light and hit my car. Many states have adopted red light camera laws to place cameras at intersections and reduce collisions. Red light cameras reduce collisions at intersections and raise money that can be used for repairing roads without having to add taxes to law-abiding citizens. South Carolina is one of seven states that prohibits red light cameras. Without red light cameras, we are encouraging drivers to break the law and put themselves and others at risk. The time for red light cameras is now. We must make our roads safer. I will propose legislation that will allow red light cameras to be placed at major intersections and in school zones.