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South Carolina increases drunk driving patrols through the summer

Saint Patrick's Day is a holiday that many celebrate by drinking alcoholic beverages such as green beer and Irish whiskey. However, the Saint Patty's Day festivities brought with them increased drunk driving patrols by South Carolina police officers. Drivers in South Carolina should be aware that, in the coming months there will be increased monitoring of drunk driving and, therefore, potentially the administration of more field sobriety tests.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2012 South Carolina fell from first in the country to seventh in the number of highway deaths caused by drunk driving. In 2011, 38 percent of the fatal collisions in the state were caused by accidents involving alcohol.

However, this good news was evidently not enough for the state. Authorities are still concerned about the occurrence of DUIs in certain counties within the state. Therefore, 19 counties have been chosen for the push to prevent drunk driving-related fatalities over the coming summer months.

In addition to enforcement on the roads, the state will also use education in their prevention attempts. These education initiatives include the state's Sober or Slammer! campaign, advertising and a DUI driving simulator.

Unfortunately for some, warning of these types of programs is too little too late and they are already going through the process of defending a drunk driving accusation. In addition, the increased spotlight can lead to overzealous police and prosecutors providing pressure on cases that may not have strong legal footing. Those that are already in this situation can seek the counsel of a South Carolina drunk driving defense attorney. These attorneys will analyze the circumstances surrounding the traffic stop and charges to ensure that all of the defendant's rights are upheld and that, if possible, the charges or reduced or dismissed.

Source: Pickens Sentinel, "Highway Patrol announces beefed up patrols," March 13, 2013

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