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.
Previous postings in this blog have discussed the unfortunate situations that result when South Carolina drivers get behind the wheel of their car after consuming too much alcohol. These actions often lead to drunk driving charges. Sometimes, drunk driving charges occur only after a driver is pulled over by authorities for the commission of another traffic offense or after getting in a car accident. This is exactly what recently happened to a South Carolina driver.
A South Carolina lawmaker is now claiming that DUI charges filed against him last fall following a traffic stop have been dismissed. However, as of recently, his upcoming court date remains pending, as there may have been additional traffic violations filed against the legislator in connection with the traffic stop but that were unrelated to alcohol.
Spring break, prom and graduation are upon us. And, just like adults, teenagers like to celebrate and have a good time. Sometimes those celebrations include alcohol. Although the legal drinking age in South Carolina is 21, some teenagers choose to make alcohol a part of their celebrations. Unfortunately, what they may not understand are the ramifications of getting behind the wheel of a car after consuming too much alcohol.
Residents of South Carolina should always be cognizant of how much alcohol they are consuming if they are planning to drive somewhere afterward. However, accidents happen and sometimes people do not realize that they have had too much alcohol to drive. A driving under the influence charge can have a serious impact on the life of the accused.
Everyone is human and, therefore, everyone makes mistakes. That includes those that are in leaderships positions whether those positions are local or national. Unfortunately, a common mistake made by many people is getting behind the wheel and driving after consuming too much alcohol. A Mt. Pleasant councilman is facing DUI charges after making that very mistake.
The decision to drive while under the influence of any amount of alcohol can come with serious penalties if the driver is pulled over by authorities and charged with drunk driving. However, the penalties can be even more severe if the traffic stop results in a high breath test in accordance with South Carolina law.
Any time an individual is pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol, the potential consequences can be very severe. However, every traffic stop is unique and there are certain aspects of some stops that may make the consequences more severe. One of these instances is when the driver refuses to take a breath test at the request of police. According to South Carolina's implied consent laws, there can be immediate consequences for this decision to refuse.
A recent posting on this blog discussed a bill that has been introduced to the South Carolina Senate that, if it passes, would require certain first time DUI offenders to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle. Additional information regarding the requirements of this proposed legislation has been released. In addition, a family who lost their daughter to an accident involving a drunk driver are standing behind the bill and pushing to have it passed. The driver of that accident was charged with felony DUI.