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South Carolina Pint Bill held up by one Senator

Each year, South Carolina ranks toward the top of the list of states with the highest number of drinking and driving related deaths. The state has DUI laws in place but as newly proposed legislation is trying to make its way through the legislature, some are worried that its passage will increase the occurrence of not only drinking and driving related deaths but also of drunk driving charges.

The proposed legislation is known as the Pint Bill and it applies to breweries that are serving samples of their beers. Under current South Carolina law, breweries are only allowed to offer each patron one four-ounce sample per day in connection with a brewery tour.

When the Pint Bill originally hit the House of Representatives, it was suggested that these breweries be allowed to serve each patron 64 ounces per day, which is the equivalent of four pints. The Senate amended this amount to 48 ounces, the equivalent of three pints.

The bill has met some opposition. Specifically, the passage of this bill is being held up by one Greenville Senator who is siding with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and their concerns. The Senator and MADD are working with the appropriate parties to come to a compromise that is agreeable to both sides.

Advocates for the bill, which obviously includes breweries in the state, say that the crowd that is drawn in to consume craft beers are not a binge drinking crowd and their goal is not to get drunk and then drive themselves home. The breweries have agreed that there should be training for servers in their establishments so they can see the signs when an individual has been over-served.

No matter what the outcome of this legislation, residents of South Carolina are able to obtain large amounts of alcohol at bars if it is not at a brewery. It is important for these residents to understand that the potential consequences for being charged with a crime for drunk driving can be very severe.

When someone is facing DUI charges, it is often helpful to seek the assistance of an experienced DUI defense attorney who can take the necessary steps to ensure the defendant receives the most beneficial outcome possible.

Source: GreenvilleOnline.com, "'Pint bill' held up in S.C. legislature by Greenville senator," May 6, 2013

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