Some drunk driving offenders in South Carolina are never convicted

Some drunk drivers in South Carolina are never convicted because of technicalities caught on tape with a dash cam camera.

According to, many drunk drivers in South Carolina are never convicted after driving intoxicated, even though they are caught on camera. To prevent the number of auto accidents caused by drunk drivers and to ultimately reduce the number of DUI offenders who are able to avoid a conviction, lawmakers in the state are working on a bill that would make it easier for law enforcement officials to prove a case after video evidence is collected.

In some situations, a driver will be extremely intoxicated, but his or her case will get thrown out because of a technicality. For example, in one case, a driver had a blood alcohol concentration level three times the legal limit, but the charges were dismissed by a judge because the dash camera did not record evidence of the driver's feet during a roadside sobriety test. In another case, it was too difficult to see a man's head on the camera, so the drunk driving charges made against him were dropped.

Drunk driving in South Carolina

In South Carolina, it is illegal for drivers to operate a vehicle with a BAC level at or above 0.08, states the Governors Highway Safety Association. However, drivers can endanger the lives of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians and cause car accidents that result in severe pain and suffering for those involved by operating a vehicle with a BAC level that is below this legal limit.

For example, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, when a driver reaches a BAC level of 0.02, he or she may experience a reduction in his or her ability to perform two tasks at once and may also experience a decline in his or her visual functions. With a BAC level of 0.05, a driver may experience reduced coordination, a reduced ability to track moving objects a reduced response to emergency driving situations and may also have a difficult time steering the vehicle he or she is driving. When a driver reaches a BAC level of 0.08, he or she may have a hard time controlling the speed of his or her vehicle, may experience short-term memory loss and concentration issues and also experience impaired perception.

After an accident occurs

Drivers in South Carolina who are involved in a car accident caused by an intoxicated driver may sustain injuries that harm their ability to go back to work or school and function independently. If you were recently harmed in a drunk driving-related accident, speak with an attorney in your area to find out what you can do to ensure your rights to fair and proper compensation are protected.

Keywords: drunk driving, accident, injury