I wholeheartedly agree with Paul E. Jones (“Reinstate annual vehicle inspections,” Feb. 4). I recently moved here from a state that does require vehicle inspections. It doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive, maybe $8 to $10.
This puts the cost squarely on those who use the roads, vehicle owners. And, yes, it should be tied in with the registration process, and the vehicle owner needs to keep up-to-date insurance. It isn’t that difficult. Most any corner auto shop or 20-minute oil change places could do it.
While this will help with funds for roads, I can’t say it will improve driving behaviors. I now know why South Carolina has some of the highest car insurance rates in the country. People here cannot drive.
They will cut you off in a second, make a left turn in front of you without regard to how close you are and pass you on either side to avoid slowing or stopping for a yellow or red light. When the light turns red, three or four more cars just keep going through. And forget merging on the interstate. I got rear-ended on I-77 driving down here with my dogs and the last of my household goods in the car with me.
The next time you stop at a light, check the cars around you and see how many have scrapes, broken lights, missing bumpers, dents, etc. There are many out there. I used to think the whole Tidewater, Va., area had the worst drivers. But the citizens of the Palmetto State have them beat.