SC Highway Patrol begins DUI crackdown ‘Sober or Slammer!’
S.C. drivers soon will begin to see more DUI enforcement on the roads as part of an effort aimed at curbing collisions and fatalities as the summer travel season comes to an end. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety partnered with local hospitals, first responders and law enforcement agencies from across the state Thursday to launch its annual Sober or Slammer! campaign. The crackdown on impaired drivers begins Friday and continue through Labor Day.
The increased DUI enforcement will be coupled with S.C. Department of Transportation’s electronic message boards that will display bulletins alerting drivers of DUI crackdowns in progress. The message boards have been used throughout the summer on designated DUI enforcement weekends. Drivers also will see alternative advertising such as anti-DUI warnings on ice boxes, gas pump handles and box trucks as well as advertisements on television, radio, billboards and social media urging the public to call *HP or *47 to report drunk drivers. Since Memorial Day, 141 people have been killed on South Carolina roadways in traffic collisions, according to SCDPS.
That’s down from the 168 people killed during same time last summer. As of Aug. 13, 437 people have died this year on highways in South Carolina, compared to 454 highway deaths that occurred in all of 2013. Of the 311 motor vehicle occupants who have died this year, 154 were not wearing seat belts, according to the release. Last year, law enforcement officers made more than 27,000 DUI arrests, according to the release. The latest DUI statistics show that 348 people died in 2012 as a result of alcohol-related crashes.
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1 killed in Lexington County SC DUI crash June 23, 2018
A Columbia man was killed in a DUI-related crash this weekend, according to the Lexington County Coroner’s Office. The crash happened around 9 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 178 near Forts Pond Road in Pelion, Coroner Margaret Fisher said in a release Sunday night. Robert Andrew Mays, 40, of Columbia, died at an area hospital earlier Sunday. Mays was the passenger in a vehicle that was traveling east on U.S. 178 when the driver tried to pass another car, swerved back into the right lane and lost control of the car, Fisher said.
The vehicle exited the right side of the roadway, hit a ditch and overturned several times. The driver, who was under the influence, had non-life threatening injuries. It is unknown if Mays or the driver were wearing seat belts, Fisher said. The release did not indicate what the driver was allegedly under the influence of or the level of impairment. Additional details about the crash, including the driver’s identity and charges they are facing, have not yet been released by the S.C.
Highway Patrol. This was the second fatal collision in Lexington County this weekend. A 19-year-old bicyclist was killed Friday night in a hit-and-run in the Red Bank area.
Charleston man arrested in felony DUI
On June 14 at approximately 2:06 a.m., officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to Highway 17 southbound at Ira Road in reference to a collision. A 4-door sedan was stopped at the red light on Highway 17 in front of Wando Crossing when a sport utility vehicle, also heading south, struck the rear of the sedan. The driver of the sport utility vehicle, Charlton R. Griffith, born July 28, 1985, of Charleston, was arrested and charged with felony driving under the influence. He was lodged at the Charleston County Detention Center.
The driver of the sedan died as a result of the injuries sustained.