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Category Archives: DUI/Traffic Violations

Barnette: SC deserves a DUI law that works

BY BARRY BARNETTE, Guest Columnist, The State On a regular basis, accused drunk drivers are being acquitted of what easily can become a deadly crime. In 2013, 44 percent of the traffic fatalities in our state occurred as a result of people driving after overindulging in alcohol or drugs. That’s 335 people killed needlessly, a sad… Read More »

Is South Carolina national capital for drunken driving?

By Dave Munday, The Post and Courier Is South Carolina really the worst in the nation for drunken driving? The question was raised a few weeks ago when figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration showed that the Palmetto State is No. 1 in the percentage of deaths caused by drunken drivers. In South… Read More »

Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt charged with DUI, leaving scene of wreck

By Andy Paras, The Post and Courier Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt was arrested by the South Carolina Highway Patrol this morning and charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a wreck involving injury. Troopers responded to a hit and run at Red Bank Road and Henry E. Brown Boulevard at 5:50 a.m., Highway… Read More »

Charged with DUI under .08?

By Brooks Davis Many of my clients are under the misapprehension that you may not be charged for driving under the influence (DUI) if your blood alcohol level (BAC) indicates less that .08 on the breathalyzer. This is a very dangerous and incorrect assumption. Most people refer to .08 as the “legal limit”. The DUI… Read More »

Charleston police trainee arrested for DUI

By Bo Petersen, Post & Courier Sep 23 2014 3:52 pm A Charleston Police trainee has been arrested for driving under the influence in Columbia. Wesley Bird, 27, of Columbia, was arrested by S.C. Highway Patrol on Saturday, in his personal vehicle, according to a Charleston Police news release. He was in Columbia attending the… Read More »

Gov. Nikki Haley signs Emma’s Law requiring more DUI locks on cars

By JEFFREY COLLINS, Associated Press COLUMBIA – South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law Monday a bill requiring more people convicted of driving under the influence to install a device that won’t let their vehicles start if the drivers have been drinking. The governor enacted what was called “Emma’s Law” quietly but plans a… Read More »

‘Emma’s Law’ advances with changes

By Jeremy Borden, The Post & Courier COLUMBIA — A S.C. House panel passed a DUI-related bill known as “Emma’s Law” on Thursday, but not before changing the measure in a way that advocates and victims’ families said weakens it. The bill requires that drunk drivers charged with a DUI install an ignition interlock in their car, which… Read More »

Stuck with a suspended license?

By SUSANNE M. SCHAFER, Associated Press BLYTHEWOOD — Some South Carolina drivers with suspended licenses will get a chance later this month to have their driving privileges restored. From March 10 to 14, the Department of Motor Vehicles will reduce or clear certain suspensions if all fines are paid, certain insurance papers are filed, and… Read More »

Off-duty cop charged with DUI

A North Charleston police officer was placed on administrative duty after authorities said he wrecked his truck early Thursday while driving under the influence. Stanley Tucker, 27, was held at the Charleston County jail in lieu of a $997 personal recognizance bond, jail records show. S.C. Highway Patrol troopers said Tucker was off-duty when the… Read More »

Crash report: Officer drank, fell asleep

The Post and Courier A North Charleston police officer was sleep-deprived, taking antidepressants and on her third drink as she made an alcohol run to a store last month, according to an incident report. But Christina Mask was a half-mile from her home when she fell asleep at the wheel of her marked cruiser and… Read More »