South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers will be out in full force over Labor Day weekend, looking for drunken drivers, according to news reports.
"South Carolina has had enough," said patrol Lt. Col. Michael Oliver, to news reports. "We have had enough crashes. We have had enough injuries. We have had enough deaths. We have had enough heartbroken families. We have had enough excuses."
According to the S.C. Office of Highway Safety, South Carolina ranks third in the nation in the number of traffic fatalities caused by drunken driving. In 2009, alcohol-impaired drivers killed 377 people in the state, according to news reports.
That is a number the highway patrol wants to greatly decrease.
The anti-drunken driving campaign will feature a "two-part commercial featuring a young, up-and-coming man and his girlfriend celebrating a promotion with friends at a fancy restaurant. The man finishes an expensive bottle of wine, insists he can drive and then hits a pedestrian on the way home," according to news reports.
The commercial will air across the state between now and the Labor Day weekend. Anti-drunken driving messages also will be posted on billboards and will air on radio stations, according to news reports.
Troopers will also have extra patrols on the roads and highway checkpoints.
As an Orangeburg personal injury lawyer , I'm saddened to hear about the high number of drinking and driving accidents in the state. I hope this patrol helps deter drunken drivers.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunken driving accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Orangeburg.