You enjoy a night out with your friends, and you all enjoy drinking mixed drinks with caffeine. Your personal favorite is mixing Red Bull or other energy drinks with alcohol. It gives you a buzz and the energy you need to party throughout the night.
Most drivers are aware of the dangers of texting while driving, but many still engage in this risky practice.
South Carolina is a beautiful state with a long history. Its scenic waterways and other attractions make it a go-to destination for active outdoor adventures, as well as exploration of our nation's history.
If you are pulled over and it is suspected that you are driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you may be given a field sobriety test or subjected to several different types of testing to determine if you should be driving or not. It may start with a field sobriety test, and, if that is inconclusive, move on to a breath, urine or blood test. While law enforcement officers often use these tests to decide if you should be charged with DUI, there are times where the test may not provide the accurate results needed to prove a case against an individual.
One of the most devastating aspects of being charged with drunk driving is the immediate loss of privacy when the matter is reported in the media. Regardless of the fact that a great many DUI charges eventually get dropped, the damage has largely been done by the time the matter reaches that stage of the game. This is true regardless of the level of public recognition one holds, but when an individual holds a position within South Carolina politics, the damage can be far worse.
Many South Carolina readers are familiar with the name Tyler Thigpen. Thigpen played football at Coastal Carolina University and became a star player in that organization. He went on to play in the NFL for the Vikings, and is currently affiliated with the Browns. Thigpen made recent headlines not for his prowess on the field, however, but over DUI charges late last year. Those charges were recently dismissed, which likely comes as a relief to Thigpen and his family
For those South Carolina readers who are unfamiliar with the term "huffing," it refers to the practice of intentionally inhaling commonly found chemicals with the intention of achieving a state of intoxication. The substances chosen are often household chemicals stored in pressurized aerosol cans. Users simply spray small amounts of the toxic substances and breathe in the fumes. Aside from the serious health consequences of such behavior, the end result is a level of intoxication that can affect an individual's ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. With concern that such practices could endanger the public, a push is underway to include huffing as a basis for DUI charges.
A state representative for South Carolina is likely relieved at the news that one of two drunk driving charges against him has been dropped. Democrat Ted Vick has been fighting the charges, which stem from two separate incidents, even though he is not currently seeking re-election. Now that one of those DUI charges no longer stands, that fight may be significantly easier to manage. The DUI charge that was dropped was the result of an incident that police officers witnessed last year. As Vick was exiting the Statehouse, he stumbled in the parking lot. Once inside his car, he struck a traffic cone, prompting the officers to pull him over. Vick's attorney asserts that he stumbled because he had a rock in his show at the time, and was not impaired.
A recent car crash has ended the life of a South Carolina National Guardsman. The incident took place after what police say was a string of crimes committed by a 19-year-old man. He is now facing a range of serious charges, including DUI involving death.