A behind-the-scenes look at efforts to lower SC’s high pedestrian fatality rate (Complete Streets Watch)

South Carolina is one of the only Southern states without a Complete Streets law, which focuses on a holistic approach for streets to ensure they’re safe for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.

Advocacy groups say the state is falling behind safety standards because a Complete Streets law isn’t on the books. Officials with S.C. Department of Transportation, however, say a Complete Streets approach is too costly, given its budget constraints.

The conflict is the most recent flashpoint in a years-long debate over how best to implement changes to South Carolina roadways, which a new national study recently named the 10th most dangerous for pedestrians.