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Parasailing can be fraught with danger

Flying high above the waves tethered to a boat below can be an exhilarating and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon at the South Carolina beaches. But it can also prove deadly.

While it's estimated that as many as 5 million Americans each year go parasailing, it only takes a single mistake to cause tragic results. Before placing yourself in harm's way, take the time to learn how to ensure your own safety when parasailing.

Your breathalyzer results are not always reliable evidence

DUI charges are very common, but that doesn't mean they are charges to take lightly. In fact, DUI charges in South Carolina can result in surprisingly severe punishment, even for first-time offenders. If you face DUI charges, dealing with them fully should make the top of your list of priorities.

This can prove quite challenging, depending on the nature of the evidence that the prosecution has against you. In many cases, the charges arise after a driver fails a Breathalyzer test, which can seem like an infallible piece of evidence to overcome. While it is true that Breathalyzers do carry great weight in the courts, they are by no means flawless measurement devices.

Avoid getting arrested for boating under the influence

There's one sure-fire way to avoid the majority of boating under the influence charges in South Carolina: Don't operate a boat while or after drinking alcohol or taking intoxicating substances.

Now that we have this out of the way, we can look at the reality of the usual situations that can occur while you are riding on a boat with friends.

Drunk biking: Yes, it's a serious offense

A bicycle is a great way to get around town in Mt. Pleasant. However, bicyclists need to remember that they, too, are bound by the same rules as motor vehicle drivers. Drunk bicycle riding is no exception to the rule, but not in the usual sense of driving under the influence (DUI).

If a police officer sees you riding on your bike while swerving from side to side and breaking traffic laws, you could get pulled over and charged with a traffic crime. The officer may also decide to arrest you and charge you with public drunkenness and/or disorderly conduct.

Staying safe in choppy water: Key boating tips

When you're on a boat, it can be a freeing experience. You love spending time with the people you care about, and it's a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. No matter how much you love boating, though, you must understand safety on the water.

One of the things that affects people the most on boats is the water itself. Many people understand how to control their boats and even how to deal with emergencies involving breakdowns or maintenance. However, those aren't the only issues. Waves and choppy waters have the potential to put everyone in danger, so the person driving must be familiar with boating safely on dangerous waters before heading out on a day where waves are prominent or likely.

Job loss and DUIs: What to do to protect your work

You decided to go out for a night on the town, but you didn't think you'd get as drunk as you did. You didn't plan to get a cab or taxi, and no one could take you home. You made the bad decision to get behind the wheel, and moments later, an officer pulled you over.

People end up in situations like yours fairly often. It doesn't take much to end up with a DUI, but once you have allegations against you, you're in a difficult position. If you don't protect yourself and fight the charges, you could lose your job.

DUI disaster: Yes, food cooked in alcohol can make you drunk

You enjoy eating meals with wine reductions and desserts soaked in rum. You like to try anything with alcohol, but you always believed that eaten in food, alcohol was no longer a concern.

The truth is much more complicated. Foods that are mixed with alcohol may end up with little alcohol content, but they may also retain enough alcohol that you could become drunk after a few servings.

Mixing caffeine and alcohol? Watch your blood alcohol levels.

You enjoy a night out with your friends, and you all enjoy drinking mixed drinks with caffeine. Your personal favorite is mixing Red Bull or other energy drinks with alcohol. It gives you a buzz and the energy you need to party throughout the night.

There are some risks to drinking caffeine and alcohol together, though, and you should know about them so that you can make a good decision about how you plan to get home after your night out. Here are a couple things to keep in mind.

Traffic fatality statistics: A mixed bag for South Carolina

We all have preconceived notions about drivers in other states. For example, many of us assume motorists in Montana are all speed demons, or that drivers in the northeast are all hyper-aggressive. However, most of these notions are rooted in stereotypes rather than fact.

To put things into perspective, CarInsuranceComparison.com has created an infographic detailing each state's ranking for different element s of vehicle safety. Users can easily view auto accident statistics and state-by-state safety rankings. And the news could be better for South Carolina's drivers.

Is DUI-E legislation the answer to distracted driving?

Most drivers are aware of the dangers of texting while driving, but many still engage in this risky practice.

One South Carolina lawmaker is looking to do more to prevent tragedies caused by distracted driving.

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