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Expectant Mother Jolted By Highway Pothole, Speaks Out For Road Repairs

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Jasper County, S.C. -

In the Lowcountry, motorists are asking how Twitter and Facebook can save lives, by fixing deteriorating roadways.

News Three first told you about the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Road's campaign for drivers to send photos of damaged drags through social media.

Since then, a crumbling, jagged road laced with potholes gave one driver a close call. Now, she's urging lawmakers to take action to fund repairs for herself, her unborn child, and other drivers along Highway 321.

"I thought, ‘Did I hit something or somebody?' But then when I realized it was a pothole that I hit, I was crying, I was upset," Jennifer Rushing says.

The stretch she hit is an area that cars speedily scrub down each day.

"The road's in terrible condition. It's the entire strip. It's probably about a hundred feet of area there that is just damaged, cracked potholes," Rushing says.

It was her encounter with one pothole that gave her a wake-up call.

"I hit the pothole, and immediately lost control of the car. I was slamming on brakes trying to get it back," she remembers.

In a panic, she braced herself to be rear-ended by the car following closely. But instead of two car wreck, she was jolted from the hole. She says it blew her tire, messed up the rim, and took off the paint.

A thousand dollars in repairs later, she wants a fix not only for her vehicle, but for roads like Highway 321 outside of Tillman. She says patching it isn't enough.

Rushing snapped photos of the gaping hole that could have taken her life and the life of her unborn child.

"I put my foot in it, and took a picture, and it came above my ankle," she says.

She sent them to the South Carolina Alliance to Fix Our Roads, and signed a petition for better roads. It's all done in hopes of getting the attention of state lawmakers. The alliance wants them to rearrange, or to raise the funding for the Department of Transportation to make repairs to areas like Highway 321.

"God forbid someone passes away because of a pothole," she says.

She is also driving neighbors to speak out, to pave the way for change.

"Really, people like me have to get involved to try to make a change," she says. "This is something that's an issue for everyone's safety. It's not just a tire, at this point."

The website for the alliance and their petition can be found here.

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