Daytime, weekday morning drunken driving is on an upward trend, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, and they're reminding drivers to be safe and watch out.
"We used to only see DUI's on Friday, Saturday, Sunday night -- late at night when the bars let out, that's when you saw your impaired drivers," a South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper said to news reports .
While the Highway Patrol has noticed this trend, it has yet to be confirmed. However, they said the noticeable increase has occurred during the past two to three years. Troopers have some theory to this suspected increase.
"It may be your morning round golfers who were drinking while playing golf, then leaving the golf course in the middle of the day -- it may be college students somewhere that have consumed alcohol and partied overnight, then gotten a couple hours of sleep and now they're back out," he said.
Whatever the reason, drivers should never assume they are safe from dangerous drivers and always practice safe driving habits. Drivers who suspect a drunken driver should also call the South Carolina Highway Patrol and report them, according to news reports.
As a Greenville car accident attorney , I'm saddened to hear about this increase of drunken drivers. I urge drivers to never drink and drive, as it not only puts yourself at risk but also everyone around you.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a drunken driving accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Greenville .