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Impaired driving, accidents, and more

Even if you are 100 percent sober, even if you have never taken a drink of alcohol in your life, you can still be involved in a drunk driving accident. It only takes one other drunk driver to cause an accident that results in serious injury or even death.

According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety program "SOS - Sober or Slammer," in 2006 alone there were more than 1,000 alcohol and drug related accidents on South Carolina highways. As a result of these accidents, nearly 500 people were killed.

Do you know how to plan for a long distance winter road trip?

You may be a resident of South Carolina, but that doesn't mean you are going to stay in the local area during the winter season. At some point, such as during the holidays, you may decide to travel outside the state. When doing so, you need to keep an eye on the sky.

Planning for a long distance winter road trip is easier said than done. This is particularly true if you find yourself traveling to or through a state in which inclement weather is common.

South Carolina ranks high for fatal drunk driving accidents

Drunk driving puts everyone at risk on the road. Driving under the influence of alcohol impairs your ability to safely operate a vehicle. As your blood alcohol content rises, your speech, vision, physical control and reaction time. This will affect your driving abilities and can lead to a car accident.

Last year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 7,852 fatal drunk driving accidents in the United States. In South Carolina, there were 5.97 fatalities per 100,000 residents.

Here are some overlooked reasons of boating accidents

A boat accident can happen for many reasons. While the cause is important, what really matters is the well being of the people involved in the accident.

If you are a boater or plan on operating a boat in the future, you must know what it takes to prevent accidents. Not only does this keep you safe, but it also helps others on the water avoid trouble.

Is it okay to drive a motorcycle in the rain?

When it is warm and dry, driving a motorcycle can be loads of fun. The same may not hold true when rain moves into the area. For some, driving a motorcycle in the rain is a no-go. For others, such as those who rely on their bikes as their primary mode of transportation, the wet stuff never slows them down.

If you plan on driving in the rain, here is one thing to consider: You need to take extra precautions. Weather conditions should absolutely dictate how fast you drive and other key decisions you are faced with.

General Motors issues fire related recall

General Motors has issued another recall in relation to vehicles that can leak and catch fire.

This is the third time in the past seven years for this type of recall. This time around, the recall covers approximately 1.4 million vehicles. This recall was necessary because repairs stemming from the earlier recalls did not fix the issue.

Motorcycle safety tips: Save yourself, save others

Motorcyclists enjoy cruising down the road. Some passenger vehicle drivers understand that they have to share the road with motorcyclists. Others don't think the same way.

It doesn't matter what type of vehicle you are driving, there is nothing more important than your safety. When you make the right decisions on the road, you lessen the chance of an accident.

Maguire Law Firm sponsors Surfside Rotary Turkey Trot

Every year, the Surfside Rotary Turkey Trot is one of the top events to take place in the local area.

Once again this year, the Turkey Trot is expected to attract thousands of people. Scheduled for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, attendees will gather to raise money and take part in a variety of events.

Car seat safety: Three points to consider

When it comes to car seat safety, there are many details that are too important to overlook. If you make a mistake, if you don't take the right steps when installing a car seat, it could lead to serious injury in the event of an accident.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, a government agency, shares a variety of information on choosing and installing the right car seat.

Distracted driving can cause injury, death

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted drivers are just as common as those caused by speeding and drunk driving.

When many people think about distracted driving, the only thing that comes to mind is using a cellphone. However, there are other types of distractions that are just as dangerous, such as talking to passengers and eating.