Seneca woman fighting for change on SC roads


SENECA, SC (WSPA) – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reports a traffic collision occurs every 3.7 minutes and one of those collisions is fatal every nine hours.     

On May 14th, Pamela Oakes experienced a loss so great she can’t speak about her mother without getting emotionally.  She tells 7News her mother was on her way to work in Seneca when she crashed into another vehicle head on after crossing the center line.

Now she wants to make a change in mother’s memory to prevent future tragedies. She is proposing to SCDOT to add rumble strips to the center line of all state roads.

She said a number of other states have done this in years past and seen success in preventing fatal collisions. She tells 7News that Washington’s head on fatal collision numbers have been cut down by 47 percent since adding the strips.

“You know you see rumble strips on the side of the road, and you think this is crazy why don’t we have it on the middle of the road. If someone crosses the center line it would give them some attention and alert them to get back onto their side of the road,” Oakes said.

She has contacted a number of local and state representatives to join her fight, but right now she is asking for the public’s help to sign her petition for change. You can find the link here “In memory of Sandra Koselnak.”

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