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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 »

Detailed report about 2013 McClellanville fatal plane crash released

By Natalie Caula Hauff, The Post & Courier What sounded like a scream was heard over the radio. Within five minutes, air traffic controllers had lost all contact with a pilot and a flight instructor aboard the turboprop plane that had been 15,000 feet above McClellanville. Minutes later, someone reported seeing a plane plummeting into… 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 »

Eyes in the sky: Small drones have FAA shaping regulations

By Christina Elmore, The Post & Courier Like something out of a science-fiction flick, the four-rotor apparatus looks the part of an oversize, mechanical dragonfly. A distinct hum similar to the insect exudes from the gadget when it hovers at eye level. The buzz fades to silence in seconds when the device darts skyward and… Read More »

Report calling SC drivers among worst in nation not really a surprise to many

By Andy Paras and Robert Behre, The Post and Courier Are South Carolina roads full of some of the country’s crummiest drivers? Yes, according to a new report that ranks Palmetto State drivers as the second worst in the nation. The website carinsurancecomparison.com used five criteria to determine which states have the worst drivers in the… Read More »

Charleston airport board postpones decision on attorney’s contract

By Warren L. Wise Charleston County Aviation Authority attorney Arnold Goodstein will have to wait until January to see a contract for his legal services. The 13-member airport board voted Thursday to ask an employment attorney for an opinion on whether the agency should seek bids for professional services and, if not, draw up a… Read More »

Charleston officer dies in off-duty motorcycle collision

Charleston police Sergeant Tony Person Jr. died early Saturday as a result of injuries he received in a traffic accident in North Charleston, according to department spokesman Charles Francis. Based on an investigation, Person, 35, of Chemistry Drive, Ladson, was driving a motorcycle off-duty on Dorchester Road when a vehicle pulled into his path, Francis… Read More »

SLED getting $5M tech overhaul

 By SEANNA ADCOX, Associated Press COLUMBIA — The State Law Enforcement Division is spending more than $5 million to overhaul its decades-old technology system and better protect massive amounts of electronic data that’s critical to protecting officers and the public and keeping the judicial branch running. Chief Mark Keel said he knew when he took… Read More »