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MADD gives South Carolina 3 stars for DUI prevention

Every year, the nonprofit organization known as Mothers Against Drunk Driving releases a report known as the Campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving. This report rates states on their efforts to effectively address and prevent drunk driving based upon five different criteria. However well-intentioned these efforts may be, the report does have its critics who raise concerns about ever-increasing penalties in drunk driving cases.

In MADD's 2014 report, South Carolina was awarded three out of five stars for its efforts to prevent drunk driving. The five criteria on which every state is rated include ignition interlocks, sobriety checkpoints and administrative license revocation among others. The different criteria have different weights toward the five-star ratings according to their importance and effectiveness, according to MADD.

Also according to MADD, South Carolina needs to take action in one main area to improve the DUI prevention effectiveness rating: ignition interlocks. MADD believes that ignition interlocks are the best way to protect the public from drunk drivers.

As previous blogs in this posting have discussed, some organizations and individuals in South Carolina are pushing for the passage of Emma's Law. If passed into legislation, Emma's Law would require the installation of an ignition interlock device in the vehicles of first-time drunk driving offenders who have a blood alcohol content of 0.12 or higher.

This issue has raised a lot of controversy, as some believe the penalties for DUI charges in South Carolina are already very severe. A driver who is charged with drunk driving may already face a license suspension, jail time, monetary fines and more. A drunk driving conviction can have a long-term negative impact on the life of the defendant even after time is served and fines are paid off. If Emma's Law is passed into legislation, this impact will become even more severe.

However, a driver charged with DUI should not give up; the situation is not hopeless. An experienced drunk driving defense attorney who is well-versed in the law and negotiation tactics can help to pursue a reduced punishment or even a complete dismissal of the charges for an alleged drunk driver.

Source: The Summerville Journal Scene, "MADD: DUI reform needed in South Carolina," Jan. 24, 2014

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