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Attorney General calls for people to take cabs or call Uber

Alan Wilson is the attorney general in South Carolina, and he recently penned an opinion piece calling for people to stop driving after drinking in the state. In it, he asked those who wanted to go out and drink to either call a local cab company or to use Uber, a mobile app that allows people to contract drivers online.

First, he noted that alcohol has been linked to roughly 88,000 deaths each year; this is for the entire United States, not just South Carolina. He said that there are only two preventable causes of death that take more lives. It's important to note that he was referring to all cases in which alcohol was involved, not just DUI cases. For instance, overdosing could contribute to these statistics.

He also showed that DUI cases have become less common, though. Over the past 20 years, he said there has been a drop in drunk driving fatalities that hits right around 36 percent. Again, this is nationwide, and it's interesting to note that DUI fatalities have fallen so far even as the population has increased a fair amount in two decades.

Finally, Wilson asked parents to play a role. For one thing, he wanted them to teach children about proper alcohol use, not by allowing them to use it illegally but by talking to them about the laws and responsible actions. He also noted that it's worth reminding them that they should avoid driving if they do end up drinking while under the legal drinking age.

If you've been charged with a DUI at any age, you need to know what legal options you have.

Source: Myrtle Beach Online, "S.C. attorney general: Don’t drink and drive; call Uber or a cab," Alan Wilson, April. 28, 2015

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