Law enforcement has stepped-up its presence on Interstate 26 because of concerns about public safety expressed by a local legislator,

“I never expected such a fast, prompt response. I’ve been getting calls from people thanking me for requesting that,” said State Rep. Wendell Gilliard, D-Charleston.

Gilliard said Thursday that he wants state Department of Transportation traffic cameras to be outfitted to record activity on I-26. He plans to meet with the DOT and the state Department of Public Safety to pursue the issue.

Gilliard asked for increased patrols and surveillance on I-26 in North Charleston because of speeding and people getting shot while driving on the highway. He said speeders are often teenagers acting out behavior they see in movies and music videos.

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