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Effort to curb DUI's proving effective

It is rare that a story about something as serious as DUI's can be optimistic. However, that is exactly what happened when community leaders and police officials recently announced that efforts to curb drunk driving accidents have been enjoying some success. According to the chairman of the Horry County Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow Coalition, actions such as holding DUI checkpoints, engaging in saturation patrols and proving educational opportunities has helped in the effort to stop drunk driving crashes.

The chairman, who also serves as a Horry County deputy sheriff, has attested to the success of their program, remarking that they have written 323 charges. Of those charges, 50 were for driving under the influence. The chairman is not the only member of the group who holds a position in police enforcement; in fact, many of the members are law enforcement officials from the area.

The group also has found administrative support, receiving a $165,000 federal grant to fund their effort. The money goes towards overtime pay for officers who are attending to traffic safety and the prevention of underage drinking, amongst other things.

These efforts may very well find widespread support amongst the community, because the tragedy and damage which can be caused by drunk driving accidents can be devastating. In addition to the lesser crimes of damaging public property, lives can be lost of irreversibly changed as a result of serious injury stemming from an accident with a drunk driver.

While these efforts are commendable in their desire to reduce these accidents, the fact remains that many individuals will continue to be hurt or lose family members to drunk drivers. For those who are either hurt, injured, or lose a loved one as a result of drunk drivers, knowing your legal options is advisable.

In addition to punitive rulings taken against the perpetrator by the state, individuals harmed in these incidents can receive compensation for medical bills, physical or mental trauma or a wide variety of other problems which can result from an accident.

Source: Myrtle Beach Online, "Area police focus efforts on DUIs, underage drinking with coalition," Tonya Root, Aug. 01, 2012

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