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Report: South Carolina has the 2nd worst drivers in US


He goes by the screen name "HaloMasterMind117" and from the volume of material he's posted on YouTube, it's clear he spends a lot of time on the road, particularly here in the Columbia area -- doing so with a video camera, usually pointed forward, to document what other drivers are doing.

Quite often, it's pretty scary stuff. Cars veering into others lanes, ignoring traffic signs and signals, near misses left and right.

A few days ago, HaloMasterMind offered up video collection number 100, in a series called "Bad Drivers of South Carolina." It's the type of driving that has led the Palmetto State to earn a dubious distinction in a new survey: the second worst drivers in America, second only to those in Louisiana.

It's the kind of risky and often inexplicable motor vehicle maneuvering that Richland County Sgt. Mike Pearson has seen for the last three years working with the department's traffic enforcement unit.

Despite that ranking, released by an insurance web site called, South Carolina drivers don't seem to be paying a correspondingly high rate for their coverage.

A spokesman for the South Carolina Insurance News Service says rates here tend to stack up in the middle compared to other states.

The South Carolina Department of Insurance says at last report, which was about three years ago, drivers in Louisiana averaged just under $1,300 in premiums. Meanwhile, in South Carolina, premiums are not quite $850 -- well below the national average.

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