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More Potholes Mean Damage With SC Taxpayers On The Hook

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When lawmakers went to Columbia last year many said fixing the roads would be a top priority.

So far there is no plan to give the Department of Transportation anywhere near the amount of money they say they need and you're already paying for that debate.

When there are more potholes, and other road hazards, that cause damage to vehicles that often results in more claims to the state Insurance Reserve Fund.  With road conditions declining, taxpayers are shelling out more for insurance payments.

Margie Kirkus damaged her car on a road hazard near her home.  The damage will cost her $393.00.

"Why do we pay insurance?  Why do we pay road tax to keep it up if they're going to let it go and you have to put out money to keep the car on it?" Kirkis asked.

According to "The Alliance to Fix Our Roads", South Carolina drivers spend an average of $255 per car per year because of damage done by hazardous or poorly maintained roads.

South Carolina's D.O.T asked lawmakers for another $1.5 Billion just to keep the roads in what they consider good shape.  The legislature has, so far, failed to devise a plan to provide that money.

Meantime, taxpayers continue to fund insurance coverage for cars damaged by the increasing number of potholes.

Instead of spending money on pavement, taxpayers spend it on insurance payment.

"It's gone up significantly, probably about three fold, over the last few years, the number of claims paid by the DOT. Of course, that takes away the amount of money that's available to repair the roads," said Senator Larry Martin of Pickens County.
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