Thousands of drunken driving cases, some more than 10 years old, could be closing soon, according to news reports.
South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice may issues a statewide order to cancel the number of backlog DUI cases. The Public Safety Director said the DUI cases need to be cleared in order to make highways safer, according to news reports.
South Carolina has ranked high in recent years for the number of impaired driving fatalities. In 2010, the South Carolina Highway Patrol made nearly 16-thousand DUI cases.
The court will be working to prosecute backlogged cases quickly so more troopers can get back onto the highways. The older cases may be dismissed if troopers are no longer working in the state and the case didn't have a trial. Public Safety, however, wants to prevent this from happening with future cases.
As a Columbia car accident attorney , I'm glad to hear that the courts are working to close the DUI cases. Closing the cases will bring closure to families and focus police efforts on public safety rather than paper work.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunken driving car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Columbia .