SC Highway Patrol Steps Up DUI Enforcement Before Holidays
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Dec 23, 2015 in Auto Accidents
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is stepping up drunk driving enforcement as part of their Sober or Slammer campaign. Arrests for driving under the influence (DUI) tend to increase during the Christmas holiday, along with fatal car accidents.
Around 24,000 people were arrested for DUI in 2014. More than 40 percent of the 892 traffic fatalities in South Carolina this year involved alcohol.
The campaign will include increased DUI checkpoints around the state and public service announcements that will be aired on television, social media and billboards.
- On average, one person is killed in an alcohol related crash every 51 minutes.
- Alcohol impairment is four times as high at night than during the day.
- The highest percentage of drivers above the legal limit are ages 21 to 24.
- Males account for about 67 percent of the drivers in DUI collisions.
The National Safety Council is also predicting this weekend to be the deadliest Christmas weekend for car crashes since 2009. More drivers are expected to be on the road, thanks to lower gas prices and milder weather.
The increased number of motorists travelling long distances, coupled with the binge drinking that goes along with holiday celebrations, greatly increases the risk of fatal car accidents. Drivers are encouraged to practice safe driving, buckle their seat belts, get rest and avoid distractions.
When it comes to driving under the influence, there are still millions of people who make the bad decision to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car. If you choose to drink, designate a driver or arrange for alternate transportation.
Even the most careful drivers can fall victim to other peoples reckless behavior. If you have been seriously injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to compensation. If a loved one has been killed, you have the option of pursuing a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party.
The attorneys at Harbin & Burnett wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday. Please drive safe, and dont drink and drive. Contact us today for a free consultation with one of our South Carolina car accident lawyers.