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Category Archives: Traffic Violations

Bill creates felony for sober drivers who seriously injure

(AP) — COLUMBIA, S.C. — A driver who seriously injures someone while driving recklessly in South Carolina could be charged with a felony under a bill senators are debating. Republican Sen. Shane Massey of Edgefield says his bill addresses a huge gap in the law, as the current punishment is a six-point traffic ticket. State… Read More »

Driver’s License Amnesty Week is March 16th-20th


Johns Island crash that sparked suspicion of marijuana use ignites talk of ‘drugged driving’ law

By Andrew Knapp, The Post and Courier A traffic crash last summer that left a woman with permanent injuries has inspired a call by Charleston-area officials for new laws that impose harsher penalties on drivers who do drugs before hitting the road. Lauren Grantham, 28, was left with scars, internal injuries and lasting back problems after… Read More »

Clarify and strengthen S.C.’s ‘drugged driving’ laws

By Scarlett Wilson and Greg Mullen “It’s not against the law to drink and drive in South Carolina.” That’s the line many defense attorneys give in opening statements of DUI trials across our state almost every day. And they’re right. Equally disturbing to learn: Getting behind the wheel after consuming illegal drugs is not, in… Read More »

Lawyer’s Signs Raise Questions About DUI Checkpoints

A criminal defense attorney is gaining national attention after his message about DUI checkpoints went viral.  Warren Redlich is a criminal defense attorney based in Boca Raton, Florida. In 2013, he published a book called “Fair DUI” and launched a website of the same name.  Redlich’s message is that when drivers approach a DUI checkpoint, they… Read More »

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 »