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South Carolina increasing DUI focus for 100 Deadly Days of Summer

Memorial Day marks the beginning of what police officers in South Carolina call the 100 Deadly Days of Summer. Although the state has luckily seen a decrease in fatal car accidents since the beginning of 2013, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day tend to see an increase in the occurrence of deadly car accidents. Over the past three years, during these 100 days there has been an average of 223 accident-related fatalities on the roads of South Carolina.

Some readers may be asking themselves why there is an increase in deaths during this time of the year. There are numerous reasons but one of the factors that authorities believe contributes to an increase in deaths is drivers operating vehicles with blood alcohol levels that are over the legal limit. In South Carolina, the legal limit for a driver's BAC is currently .08. If drivers have a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, they may face drunk driving charges.

The South Carolina Police Department is taking these 100 days very seriously and has put some strategies in place in an effort to decrease the occurrence of deadly car accidents and drunk driving. The state troopers will be rotating through saturation patrols. In addition, the state will be setting up regular sobriety checkpoints.

A police officer can pull a car over for suspicion of drunk driving if they have a reasonable belief that the driver may be under the influence of alcohol or other mind-altering substances. Upon being pulled over, the driver may be asking to participate in field sobriety tests. It is important for drivers to know that, according to South Carolina's implied consent laws, if they refuse this testing they may be subject to an immediate suspension of their license.

If a driver is charged with a DUI, it should be taken seriously because the consequences for a DUI conviction can be very serious and can have an extended impact on the life of the accused driver. As drivers are celebrating the summer holidays and enjoying the warmer months, it is important that they understand the police have increased patrols focused on drunk driving.

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