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South Carolina police start new 'Sober or Slammer' effort

Drunk drivers are a serious threat to the welfare of all those who share the road with them. It is undeniable that drunk drivers oftentimes get into accidents leaving innocent people either seriously injured or killed. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 18,000 people were killed last year in drunk driving accidents. Now, South Carolina police officers are stepping up their campaign against drunk driving with the implementation of the "Sober or Slammer" program.

The program is centered on reducing incidents of drunk driving crashes and the injuries or deaths that they cause. To do this, South Carolina law enforcement agencies will be engaging in what they call a highly visible and state-wide collaboration between state and local police offices. Police officers will be coordinating across the state to more strictly enforce DUI laws and educate the public about the consequences of driving while under the influence.

The program kicked off on August 16th with a ceremony remembering DUI victims. A news conference following the ceremony aimed at spreading awareness of the initiative.

Hopefully, the efforts of law officers to curb the incidence of drunk driving accidents will be successful. Unfortunately, it is unlikely that their efforts will entirely prevent drunk driving. For this reason, it is important for innocent drivers to be aware of their legal options should they be involved in an accident.

Those who are injured by a drunk driver have a variety of legal options. In addition to the punitive damages that can be leveled against a drunk driver to help deter others from driving drunk, a victim of drunk driving may be entitled to recover damages including medical costs, pain and suffering and lost wages.

Source: WMBF News, "SC Troopers on roads for Sober or Slammer," Aug 15, 2012

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