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South Carolina DUI arrests increased in 2013

The number of DUI arrests in Horry County, South Carolina increased in 2013 as compared to 2012, and this is concerning to state authorities. Toward the end of 2012, in Horry County there were approximately 1,100 arrests, and that number had already been exceeded before 2013 officially came to a close. In other areas of the state, officials believe the occurrence of drunk driving has become such a serious and ongoing issue that they plan to take significant steps to eradicate it.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, drunk driving is the leading cause of car accidents the state. Local authorities in Horry County say that many of the drunk driving charges and arrests are occurring in the Myrtle Beach area. Myrtle Beach police arrested more than 400 individuals for drunk driving in 2013.

South Carolina authorities increased their efforts to crack down on DUI over the holidays. Drivers in the state may want to be aware that this crackdown designed to get drunk drivers off of the roads will likely continue into 2014.

Unfortunately, some may have recently fallen victim to the increased attention of the authorities on finding drunk drivers on South Carolina's roads. The potential consequences and penalties for driving while under the influence of alcohol can potentially be very serious, and these charges should be taken very seriously. These penalties may include monetary fines, a jail sentence, substance abuse rehabilitation programs and more.

This may be a very scary situation for those that are facing criminal charges. However, they may experience some solace in knowing that there are attorneys in South Carolina that want to help them work through these situations and obtain the best outcome possible. Drunk driving defense attorneys are familiar with the laws regarding DUI charges, and they will serve as an advocate for the defendant and will try to negotiate the best possible outcome with the prosecution.

Source: WMBF News, "Law enforcement to crack down on drunk drivers," Alex Holley, Dec. 27, 2013

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