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Why will your insurance go up with a DUI?

You carry car insurance, which is the law, and you've always been cautious not to drink and drive. Still, you found yourself accused of driving under the influence, because you were nodding off behind the wheel. The officer believed that you'd been using drugs, though you knew you hadn't been. Since you couldn't pass your field sobriety test, they took you in and persisted in the claim that you were intoxicated.

Now, you're dealing with a DUI charge and are worried about what will happen if you end up being convicted. You know you'll keep your job, because you had a discussion with your employer, but what about other fees and fines?

Avoid drunk driving on Halloween with these tips

Halloween is approaching, which means that there is going to be an increased risk of car crashes due to drunk driving. With so many Halloween parties and events going on, it's more likely that there will be alcohol around you.

Remember, even one alcoholic beverage could impact your ability to drive safely. When there are going to be children around the roads, people walking to Trick or Treat and to attend events, it's even more important for drivers to remain sober. Even being a little buzzed could lead to life-altering consequences.

Yes, you could lose your job due to a DUI

If you are accused of a DUI, one of the most pressing issues may be what will happen to your job. The reality is that many employers will terminate an employee who is convicted of a DUI, because they represent a threat to the company. You may even have a clause in your employment contract that states that certain convictions or arrests will lead to the loss of your job.

It's not unusual for companies to have mandatory firing policies stating that anyone who is convicted of a crime could be terminated. It may also be your responsibility to let your employer know if you have been arrested, so they can plan the next steps.

5 ways to fight traffic tickets

Getting a traffic ticket is at best an annoyance and at worst the difference between you being able to drive and losing your license. Traffic tickets are not always given out for a good reason because sometimes an error of judgment is made and mistakes occur.

If you believe that you have been given a traffic ticket in error, you should take action to fight it. By doing so in a smart and effective way, you may be able to have the traffic ticket revoked. The following are five ways to potentially fight traffic tickers.

How ignition interlock devices can help you

If you have more than one prior DUI conviction, you'll be facing serious consequences. You'll have your drivers' license revoked, and you may even be struggling to hold down a job as a result. Your DUI charges could have impacted your reputation among your family and friends, and you may be feeling more isolated than ever due to these charges.

If the previous DUI penalties did not stop you from drinking and driving again, you should consider other ways that you can prevent this type of dangerous and destructive behavior. One option is to give up alcohol completely, but those with alcohol dependence may not trust themselves to stay sober for a long period. This is why ignition interlock devices (IIDs) can be a useful tool that can prevent additional convictions and can save lives.

"Sober or Slammer!" kicks off, focuses on DUIs in South Carolina

With Labor Day and other holidays approaching, it's a good time to talk about driving under the influence and how it affects traveling. In South Carolina, the "Sober or Slammer!" campaign is running from the end of August through Sept. 7, and it aims to reduce the number of people who drink and drive. Taking dangerous drivers off the road is the goal, so that others can get where they need to go safely.

The Sober or Slammer! campaign happens across the state and has all levels of law enforcement, from state troopers to local police, working together to clear the roads of drunk drivers.

DUI checkpoints? Yes, you might run into them in South Carolina

No one wants to be stopped for no reason, which is one reason why DUI checkpoints make some drivers feel frustrated. A DUI checkpoint slows down traffic and makes people wait while officers decide if they want to give them breath tests.

If you're new to driving, or if you haven't been in the South Carolina long, then you may not be familiar with a DUI checkpoint. This is a place where the police create a barricade and stop drivers to check for any signs of intoxication. These checkpoints do usually catch some people who are intoxicated, but they also result in false arrests and unfair treatment in some cases.

Yes, you could fail a field sobriety test when sober

You may be surprised to hear this, but did you know that it's relatively common for sober drivers to fail field sobriety tests? If you're one of them, then you may want to know why that happens and how to defend yourself.

Any time you're stopped on suspicion of a DWI or DUI, it's important that you know your options. If you can avoid taking a field sobriety test, that's preferable, because even a sober individual can fail them. Why? There are neurological problems, medical conditions and physical issues that may result in your failing the test.

DUI fines, fees and assessments can cost you thousands

Fines for driving under the influence are extremely high in South Carolina, which is meant to be a deterrent. Unfortunately, some people are falsely accused and may even end up being convicted despite not driving while intoxicated.

The fines range from $400 up to $6,300, but those aren't all that add up. There are also assessments and surcharges.

A DUI in college can change the path of your life

You went out for drinks with your friends when you turned 21. The college has a dry campus, but you decided that it would be fine to bring a few drinks back with you. You had one drink the entire night, so you drove your friends around to party.

Later that evening, you all went out to your vehicle and hopped in. You were thinking about going out to the local bars. Unfortunately, on your way off the campus, you ended up hitting someone on a bicycle when they suddenly entered the roadway.

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