Councilman, activist ride-along addressing pedestrian deaths

GREENVILLE COUNTY, S.C. (WSPA) – An effort is underway to prevent more pedestrian deaths on Greenville County roads. Greenville County Council members wanted to get a closer look at the locations where people have been hit and killed. Councilman Lynn Ballard drove around with Upstate activist, Traci Fant.

“We need to do something to try to save people’s lives,” said Freedom Fighters founder Traci Fant. “We’ve been pushing for streetlights for 2 and a half years.”

She took that push on the road alongside Councilman Ballard.

“In my experience, change never happens until someone knows that it needs to happen,” Ballard said. “It always hurts me when people get killed.”

Recently, three people were hit and killed within two days. Pamela Carson was killed in a hit-and-run in December, and that case remains unsolved.

“It was terrible because I’d already been helping other families before the three occurred,” said Fant.

As chair of the public safety committee, Ballard says he wanted to see what roads needed improvements like street lights or sidewalks.

“This is a public safety issue,” he said. “I’ll go back and see who’s responsible for the road and get the information to the proper people.”

He says one challenge is getting fixes for state owned roads, but that it’s easier for council to bring it to the right people’s attention.

“We do have a good working relationship with the DOT,” he said.

Fant says it’s a step in the right direction.

“It’s an awesome feeling because when I went to county council, I didn’t think they were listening or paying attention but I apologize because obviously they were,” she said.

Ballard says he’ll now bring the information he’s gathered to county council and the state department of transportation. He says similar efforts have been successful in the past.

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