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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.

Multiple points might be addressed in a drunk driving defense

A felony drunk driving charge isn't something that can be taken lightly. Not even thinking about the actual penalties you will face, you will be labeled as a felon for the remainder of your life. There are a lot of impacts that this label can have on your life. We know that this is a frightening thing to think about, but it is the reality if you are facing these charges.

You need to get moving on a defense if you want to be able to fight back against these charges. Not all drunk driving defenses are the same, so you have to think about the circumstances of your case to determine what you need to do. We can help you evaluate the various defense strategies that might work in your case so that you can decide how you will move forward.

Your DUI could impact your ability to work in the future

After you get a DUI, one of the most worrying things may be that you don't know if you'll lose your job. Depending on the kind of job you have, a DUI could impact your ability to work. For instance, if you have to drive to get to work, you could struggle to get to work on time. If you drive for work, you may not be able to get insurance or be legally able to continue through your employer.

If you hold a commercial driver's license, it's possible that you could lose your license and your livelihood in one fell swoop. Even if you don't initially, it could be hard to find new work later. Employers generally perform background checks before deciding who they'll hire. Even if the DUI doesn't specifically disqualify you, it could show an employer that you're not trustworthy or that you don't make good decisions. Some employers won't want to take on that liability.

Prepare for drunk driving checkpoints this holiday season

The police departments across South Carolina use a variety of methods to try to stop drunk driving. They train officers to watch for signs of intoxication and they use public awareness campaigns to remind people about the dangers of driving drunk. Another method that they might use is sobriety checkpoints. These are strategically planned stops of vehicles that can help officers to detect people who are intoxicated.

There are a few points that you should remember if you are going to be driving during the busy holiday season. One is that trying to avoid a sobriety checkpoint might actually get you caught if you are driving drunk. Secondary checkpoints are sometimes used along routes commonly used to avoid the area where the primary checkpoint is located.

Take action if you are facing bogus DUI charges

The holidays are a time to party and have fun with your friends. This might include partaking in alcoholic beverages. If this is the case, you need to plan carefully to avoid facing legal charges. You need to ensure that you have a safe way to get home after the party. You should also understand what you are facing if you don't have any way to get home and have to drive yourself home.

Police officers around the country, including those throughout South Carolina, take drunk driving very seriously. Many departments increase patrols and look for drunk drivers more around the holidays. This isn't because they want to ruin holidays for people. Instead, it is because they want to keep the roads safe for everyone.

21-year-old says drunk state senator struck her from behind

Auto crash victim wants State Sen. Paul Campbell to be held accountable for causing her accident and injuries. According to the crash victim, Sen. Campbell drove into the back of her vehicle while intoxicated, but he has yet to face the consequences.

According to police, the state senator hit the woman while they were traveling near each other on Interstate 26. The woman, represented by her attorney, is asking the senator to accept responsibility. However, the senator claims that his wife was driving the car when the accident occurred.

The SR22: Insurance coverage after a DUI

Many different impacts can come from a drunk driving conviction. You probably know about the time in jail, the driver's license suspension, the fines and other similar points. What you might not be prepared for is the increase in the insurance premiums that you have to pay if you plan on driving a vehicle.

In South Carolina, you have to get proof of SR22 insurance if your driver's license was suspended or if you are convicted of a DUI. You will have to carry this special insurance for up to three years.

Don't let a drunk driving charge ruin the winter holidays

Have you made any plans for the winter holidays yet? If you have, make sure you are making plans for getting home safely after you have a few drinks at the parties. It is imperative that you do this for each event you are invited to because nothing will put a damper on the holiday season like having to face criminal charges.

Of course, even the best laid plans can change. There might be a time when you aren't able to find a ride home. Your only option might be to try to make it home yourself. This is a dangerous prospect because you might not be able to safely drive. Plus, you might be pulled over by police officers if they suspect you are driving drunk. In truth, you might just be tired and not even drunk, but you might be pulled over anyway.

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