GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Who’s really keeping us safe on the roads?
If you see a dangerous driver, someone who is obviously impaired, your best bet may be to call 911.
But once that call is transferred to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, help may not arrive in time.
State troopers may be stretched too thin and may be too far away to stop a dangerous, impaired driver before it’s too late.
Our investigation found cases in which multiple callers dialed 911 to report a threat on the roads that ended with a crash.
We asked Highway Patrol Sgt. Bill Rhyne why it takes so long for troopers to show up to a scene.
“It’s just the backup,” Rhyne said. “It’s the number of collisions. You’ve got 34 or 35 collisions in a 4-hour time span, (and) you’ve got 10 troopers working. Do the math.”
On Thursday, Gordon Dill’s 7News Original Report will show how some of these emergency scenarios play out in real time, as well as highlight the delays that make it hard for a state trooper to respond.
In one case, a delay like that may have cost a man his life.
Tune in Thursday at 7 p.m. to see Gordon’s full report.
After it airs, we’ll be taking your questions, as well as giving the viewer a look at how this story came about in our “Beyond Original Reporting” Facebook Live starting at around 8 p.m.