Motor Vehicle Accidents

South Carolina Ranked 2nd in Nation for Drunk-Driving Deaths

With Labor Day quickly approaching, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a Labor Day Campaign to stop drunk driving: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” Summer is coming to an end, and the Labor Day Holiday is the last chance to enjoy the warm weather with cookouts, a trip to the beach, or traveling with family. “As the Labor Day holiday is one of the most dangerous on our roads, State and local law enforcement will be making a special effort leading up to and throughout the Labor Day holiday (August 16 – September 4) to protect us all from drunk drivers.” NHTSA

In 2016, nearly one-third of fatal car accidents were caused by impaired driving. That’s one alcohol-related driving death every 50 minutes.

South Carolina ranks 2nd in the nation for drunk-driving deaths, according to a 2016 report from Safewise, a home security company. The 2016 statistics show South Carolina had 7.98 Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000, or 396 impaired driving deaths. Therefore, Labor Day weekend, South Carolina roads will be some of the most dangerous in the Nation.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol will run a “Sober or Slammer” campaign, with the message “Drink. Drive. Die”, August 17 through September 3. Troopers will be working with local municipalities to keep the roads safe.

These days, there is no reason for anyone to drink and drive. Most of us have cell phones to call for a taxi, or a sober ride program. This will keep everyone safe, and help you avoid arrest. Being arrested for drunk driving (a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), not only causes shame and embarrassment, but may come with “up to $10,000 in fines, increased insurance costs, and other expenses.” NHTSA

“We’ve made it as easy as ever with NHTSA’s SaferRide app, which can help you find your local cab company’s number or send your location to a friend so they can come pick you up. The app is available for Android devices on Google Play, and Apple devices on the iTunes store.”

Other ride options are: Uber for Apple devices and Android devices and Lyft for Apple devices and Android devices.

Shoreline Behavioral Health Services prevention director, Jessie Marlowe says education is key. “Whether you’re a cashier or a server or bartender, we have education to teach laws and liabilities about over-serving alcohol or even serving alcohol to minors. Also, be open. Even if someone is arrested for DUI and the case is dismissed, there could still be treatment services they could maybe take advantage of.” If someone receives a DUI, they will be mandated by court to go to the ADSAP program (South Carolina’s eight-week-long alcohol and drug safety action program) before they can get their driver’s license back.


If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a serious drunk driving crash or other type of auto accident in South Carolina, contact the Law Office of David L. Hood for help right away. We have served South Carolina accident victims for over 25 years by standing up to insurance companies, demanding fair compensation, and helping our clients rebuild their lives. Contact us online or call us at (843) 491-6025 to schedule your free, no-risk initial consultation with David L. Hood today.