Car accidents happen on the roadways of South Carolina just like they do in every state across the country. If a resident sees a car that they believe could cause an accident, they will sometimes report it to the authorities. This happened recently in South Carolina and the report led to the issuance of drunk driving charges.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed the DUI charges being faced by South Carolina state representative Ted Vick. As was outlined in these previous posts, Vick was pulled over after an officer witnessed him stumbling while walking to his vehicle, which was parked in a garage. Once he got into his car to drive away. authorities pulled him over and then charged him with driving under the influence.
Legislation involving drunk driving is an ever-changing area of law in many states. The changes many states are contemplating involve the installation and ignition interlock devices and other consequences that result when a driver is charged with a crime and convicted for drunk driving. In 2009, the state of South Carolina passed legislation stating that a Breathalyzer test must be administered within two hours of a driver's arrest.
The summer months are coming to an end but there is still one holiday right around the corner. That holiday is Labor Day. Often times when residents of South Carolina celebrate the holidays those celebrations include the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Unfortunately, when one consumes too much alcohol and then decides to get behind the wheel of their vehicle, they may end up facing DUI charges.
Some residents of South Carolina may have heard about the July 5 lightning strike that took down the state's Law Enforcement Division's servers holding important information about drunk driving arrests. These computers hold video of certified breath test being given to suspects, as well as South Carolina's Breathalyzer records showing test results.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed the charges faced by Ted Vick for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. In the most recent previous posting, readers were informed that Vick's attorney was arguing that the representative should not be charged with a crime due to a technicality in the way he was read his Miranda rights.
Residents of South Carolina have likely heard the Cinderella stories about individuals who end up on a reality TV show and become rich and famous. However, those that have fame still have to deal with the law. Two cast members of the show "Myrtle Manor" have learned this over the past couple of weeks as they are now both facing drunk driving charges.
In South Carolina, there are a wide variety of potential consequences associated with drinking while driving. The severity of the consequences can increase if a driver exhibits a high blood alcohol content, for example, or refuses to submit to field sobriety testing or a breathalyzer. Newly-proposed legislation in South Carolina may make these consequences even more serious for drivers facing drunk driving charges for the first time.