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South Carolina using 'Summer or Slammer' DUI campaign

For many people, the last day of summer is Labor Day. While not the official end to summer, Labor Day does signal that summer is winding down. Over the Labor Day weekend, law enforcement in South Carolina hopes to reduce the number of accidents on the state's roadways.

According to a colonel with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, many fatalities have alcohol as a factor. He said, "That is why our troopers are partnering with other agencies for stringent DUI enforcement efforts surrounding Labor Day." The fatality numbers for this year between Memorial Day and the middle of August are up from the previous year -- 218 in 2015 and 181 in 2014. Fatalities from the first of the year through Aug. 20 are also up from last year -- 581 in 2015 and 476 in 2014.

The "Sober or Slammer!" campaign is part of the federal "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The state's Department of Transportation is using message boards in order to urge the public to report possible drunk drivers. There are also billboards, TV commercials, and DUI warnings on gas pump handles and ice boxes.

Last year, more than 23,000 people were arrested for DUI. Troopers were responsible for 14,000 of those arrests.

If you are arrested for DUI, you should begin preparing your defense as soon as possible. An attorney can help determine your legal options, including what evidence you might want to fight at trial. You might be interested in a plea agreement, but make sure you understand the specifics of the deal the prosecution is offering and speak with your attorney to decide if it is right for your case.

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