A South Carolina bicyclist was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Charleston on the night of Feb. 26. Authorities said the accident happened on Stono Bridge.
A South Carolina man faces numerous charges after an alleged drunk driving incident on Nov. 30. According to authorities, a police officer noticed the 43-year-old accused man crossing the center line of a road in Kershaw County. Police say they then tried to stop the man, but he allegedly refused to comply with their request, initiating a chase through several residential areas.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, a July 29 accident involving a suspected drunk driver forced officials to close down Highway 81 just south of Easley. Reportedly, the 12:30 a.m. accident brought down nearby power lines.
Across the country, lawmakers and law enforcement officials are cracking down on drunk driving. The legal limit in South Carolina is 0.08 percent, and driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol content above that amount can result in an arrest and criminal charges. Legislators in the state are also considering amending the current law to make it more difficult for a person to get behind the wheel after a first DUI offense.
It can be tempting to get behind the wheel after a few drinks. You might feel like you haven’t had that much or know that you only have a short drive to make. However, South Carolina, like the rest of the U.S., is increasingly implementing harsh penalties for drinking and driving. The repercussions for driving under the influence can include imprisonment, heavy fines and counseling. A DUI conviction can also bear long-term implications, including loss of a driver’s license and difficulties finding employment. Criminal charges may even be upgraded to a felony count if another person has been injured or killed as the result of drunk driving.
Drunk driving charges are obviously very serious. Aside from the stigma attached to a person that carries such a charge, a DUI can result in a person losing their license for quite some time. That can result in difficulties retaining or finding work. A DUI charge will also increase your insurance rates, often by a very large margin. This is another added financial difficult that, in addition to other fines and penalties, makes a DUI charge such a burden for the accused individual.