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Sentence handed down in triple-fatal drunk driving crash case

In 2014, a three people were killed in an accident that was attributed to a drunk driver. Two other people were injured in the accident. That fatal accident led to a 25-year-old man facing felony charges. The case was recently resolved after the man pleaded guilty to two counts of felony DUI with injury and three counts of felony DUI with death.

The man was sentenced to 15 years on the felony DUI with injury and 18 years on the felony DUI with death. He received credit for 530 days that he has already been incarcerated. Those sentences will be served concurrently. He will have to serve at least 85 percent of that sentence. His release will occur when he is 39 or 40 years old.

Diabetes could lead to a DUI charge

When a person is arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, it is believed that the arresting officered made an accurate decision based on field sobriety tests. But did you know that some health concerns, such as diabetes, could lead to a false conclusion by a police officer?

In the United States alone, approximately 15 to 20 percent of all drivers are diabetics. Taking this one step further, the impact of low blood glucose can include blurred vision, dizziness, weakness, slurred speech and confusion. All of these symptoms can also be confused with a high blood alcohol level.

Understanding a provisional driver license

If your driver's license is suspended for any reason, such as driving under the influence of alcohol, you will soon realize that your life will need to change. For example, you will not have access to a vehicle for getting to and from work and/or school. This can pose a major problem in your life.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid this type of trouble. For example, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles can help you apply for a provisional driver license.

DUI under the age of 21 in South Carolina

It doesn't matter how old you are, nothing changes the fact that local authorities are cracking down on driving under the influence. Police are doing whatever they can to keep impaired drivers off the road, as they realize that this can save lives.

In the state of South Carolina, there is a zero tolerance policy for driving under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21.

What is the one leg stand test?

When a person is pulled over by police for suspicion of driving under the influence, there is a good chance that he or she will be asked to partake in one or more field sobriety test. The one leg stand test, for example, is one of three NHTSA approved tests.

Known as a divided attention test, you are asked to divide your attention between a variety of tasks. The inability to do so gives the officer reason to believe that you may not be sober.

Paramedic injured in accident loses leg

A paramedic has lost her right leg in an accident between an ambulance and a pickup truck. According to Florence officials, the ambulance and truck were involved in an accident at approximately 5:02 a.m. on Church Street. As a result, three people were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The driver of the truck, who was employed by a local lumber company and driving a company vehicle, was charged with driving under the influence. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license.

The impact of boating under the influence

Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous, as this impairs a person's ability to make sound decisions. But have you ever thought about the impact of boating under the influence? This is exactly what it sounds like: You take control of a boat after you have had too much to drink.

The penalties for boating under the influence are steep. Not only can this lead to serious jail terms, but you may lose your operator privileges while also being hit with a large fine.

What you should know about Breathalyzer tests in South Carolina

Police officers in South Carolina often rely on a Breathalyzer, to calculate the blood alcohol content of a motorist arrested for drunk driving. These devices work by receiving a sample of the driver's breath and then delivering the subject's BAC level. These machines do provide the police with evidence to support an arrest for DUI, but they are not foolproof by any means.

The problem with Breathalyzers used to confirm a DUI is that several factors can skew the results. This means that a person could be convicted driving under the influence of alcohol based on a test that may or may not be accurate. In turn, it is possible to challenge a DUI arrest if the defendant and his or her attorney believe the Breathalyzer was not in proper working order.

Councilman posts bond after DUI arrest

A Richland County councilman was released from jail after posting bond following a felony driving under the influence arrest. The man is being charged with felony DUI resulting from a motor vehicle accident over the weekend.

According to law enforcement, the accident occurred at approximately 7:45 pm. It was then that the man crashed into the rear of another vehicle.

What you should know about driving under the influence of drugs

In all 50 states, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired in any way. As we all know, drunk driving charges mean driving while under the influence of alcohol, but you could also face a DUI charge by driving under the influence of drugs. This is the case with marijuana and other illegal drugs as well as prescription medication.

The bad news is that many drugs remain detectable in blood or urine for some time after ingestion. For example, marijuana remains detectable for weeks after it is used and even cocaine, which exits the system faster, can be detected for a day or two. As such, a person could be charged with DUI even if they have not used drugs for days or weeks.

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