Larger states like Texas, California and Florida have more drunk driving fatalities because the populations in those states are larger. However, when you take into consider the number of DUI fatalities in proportion to population, South Carolina has the highest rate of impaired-driving deaths.
In fact, authorities have reported that 218 people have lost their lives on highways throughout the state since Memorial Day, and since the beginning of the year, 581 people had died on South Carolina highways at the time of an Aug. 26 report. To put the problem of drunk driving into perspective, consider the fact that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one-third of traffic fatalities throughout the country are due to drunk driving.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is aware of these disturbing statistics, and police are planning to be out in full force in the lead-up to the Labor Day weekend.
This time of year is usually one of the deadliest on South Carolina roads, and the Department of Public Safety's "Sober or Slammer!" campaign has been in effect since Aug. 20. The campaign, which consists of increased enforcement and educational efforts, will run through Labor Day weekend.
Despite the reality that each year drunk driving results in thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of non-fatal injuries, a survey by the CDC suggests that 4.2 million adults in the U.S. have likely driven while impaired in the last month.
Accidents caused by drunk drivers often have devastating consequences for victims. At The Maguire Law Firm, we help victims get the justice they deserve. For more on these matters, please see our DUI accident overview.