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South Carolina's RADD program to reward reports of drunk driving

South Carolina drivers beware. A new reward program recently launched by AAA Carolinas may pit residents against each other to get $100.

South Carolina has been known to be one of the deadliest states when it comes to alcohol-related accidents. But is rewarding residents for reporting their suspicion of drunk drivers the way to solve the problem? An association known as AAA Carolinas would seem to believe that it is.

A new program known as Report A Drunk Driver, also known as RADD, was recently launched in Columbia, South Carolina. The program rewards any citizen who reports a drunk driver. When a Columbia resident sees what they believe to be a driver whose blood alcohol content is above the legal limit, they are encouraged to call 911 and report that person's license plate number and vehicle description. If their tip leads to the driver being convicted for a DUI, then they receive a $100 reward.

According to the incoming chairman for AAA Carolinas, the goal of the program is to make those that have been drinking feel like everyone is watching and, in turn, make them afraid to drive. As a secondary goal, the association hopes to save lives by decreasing the number of deaths caused by drunk drivers.

Although the intentions of this program seem noble, some may argue that it will simply pit residents against each other, become a form of revenge or tie up authorities' time with those calling in that are greedy and hungry to make an easy $100. However, now that the program has been launched, only time will tell if any of these potentially adverse impacts come to fruition.

In addition, with this type of program, it is more important now than ever for those facing DUI charges to enlist the help of a DUI defense attorney. If there is anything unfair about this program, an attorney will be able to raise the appropriate arguments to ensure the penalties have as little impact on the life of the accused as possible.

Source: Columbia Patch, "AAA Carolinas: Earn $100 Reward for Reporting Drunk Driving," Shireese Bell, June 15, 2013

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