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.
When approaching a drunk driving checkpoint, virtually all South Carolina residents will feel an increase in their level of stress. This can be true even in cases where a driver has not been drinking at all, and has no reason to feel tense. For those who have consumed a reasonable amount of alcohol and waited a safe amount of time before getting behind the wheel, the anxiety experienced can be significant. One attorney in a southern state has made a public suggestion that drivers do not have to speak with police officers who are manning a DUI checkpoint, and discusses why this may be a wise course of action.
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Many South Carolina residents are aware that the state has a number of outdated and somewhat ridiculous laws that remain on the books. Among these is the absolute prohibition of minors playing pinball; another forbids fortune tellers from setting up shop without a permit from the state. One unusual law has been brought to the attention of the public after the recent arrest of a sheriff under suspicion of DUI.
The South Carolina division of the group Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is pushing for legislative action after statistics suggest that the state has a serious problem with impaired drivers. Recent data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ranks South Carolina as number one in the nation in regard to drunk driving fatalities. This is a designation that no one in the state is proud of, and MADD is taking action to make changes in the manner in which law enforcement and the courts view DUI cases.