According to Randy Scott, Columbia Police Chief, two of his officers were the victims of drunk driving car accidents in South Carolina over the weekend. In 2011, Scott says that five of his officers were the victims to these alcohol-related traffic accidents, according to WISTV10. The first drunk driving car accident happened on Sumter Street when a driver ran straight through a red light, slammed into a patrol car and then drove into the Greek Boys restaurant. The second drunk driving car accident happened as an intoxicated driver slammed into an unoccupied police car near Washington and Gervails Streets.
“Everyone thinks I can do it — I can drive home, but clearly we see that these accidents are happening,” Scott said. “Some are fatal sometimes.”
Our Columbia drunk driving car accident lawyers understand that Columbia Police officers will now be setting up sobriety checkpoints near city neighborhoods, Five Points, The Vista and the downtown area. Police Chief Scott says that officers from Richland and the Highway Patrol will also be joining in on these drunk driving efforts. Scott would like to remind drivers that these types of accidents are unnecessary and completely preventable. All he asks is that drivers head out with a plan. If you’re going to be drinking, get a designated driver. Whatever you do, stay away from the driver’s seat!
2008 Drunk Driving Statistics in South Carolina:
-Nearly 400 fatal accidents happened in South Carolina where at least one driver was legally drunk, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or higher.
-More than 400 people were killed in drunk driving car accidents.
-Nearly 100 people were killed in alcohol-related car accidents, where at least one driver involved had a BAC of 0.01 to 0.07 percent.
Every year, there are approximately 11,000 people who are killed in drunk driving car accidents in the U.S. It is estimated that someone dies in one of these kinds of accidents every 45 minutes. Roughly 1.5 million people are arrested every year for driving under the influence of either drugs or alcohol. Half of these intoxicated drivers already had a suspended license when they were apprehended.
More than half of all of the car accidents that happen during the weekend are alcohol-related. Statistics conclude that an average person drives while drunk about 100 times before there caught by law enforcement.
Alcohol-related accidents are costly, too. Every year, these types of accidents cost the nation more than $100 billion. Mothers Against Drunk Driving reports that about 30 percent of all drivers will be involved in an alcohol-related accident at least once in their lifetime. Furthermore, about one out of every 140 drivers has been busted for drinking and driving. Male drivers ages 18- to 35-years-old are most likely to be busted for this dangerous driving behavior.
Statistics reveal that nearly 50 percent of all fatal car accidents in South Carolina involve a drunk driver.
If you, a close friend or a family member has been injured or killed in a drunk-driving car accident in North or South Carolina, contact the car accident lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. We offer free initial consultations to victims and their families. Call 1-800-887-1965 to speak to an attorney about your case today.
Columbia police stepping up DUI patrols, by Tim Pulliam, WISTV10
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