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South Carolina Drunk Driving Accidents - How Taxis Can Save You Money & Your Life

South Carolina Drunk Driving Accidents - How Taxis Can Save You Money & Your Life

| May 24, 2013

According to The Century Council, more than 15,600 people were arrested for driving under the influence in South Carolina in 2011. During that same year, there were 314 people killed in accidents involving a drunk driver. These types of accidents are all too frequent in the Palmetto state, and can easily be avoided by opting for a taxi or designating a responsible, sober driver to get you home safely after you've had a few drinks. Some people may not want to hail a cab in an effort to save money. However, that $20 cab ride sounds a lot better than a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail.

The costs of DUI convictions in South Carolina:

South Carolina DUI fines and penalties vary according to the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of the driver at the time of his or her arrest. It is against the law to drive with a BAC of .08 and above. The following is what you can expect with your first DUI conviction; the fines and penalties increase substantially with your second and third offense, up to a $10,000 fine and 5 years in jail.

First DUI Conviction

With a Blood Alcohol Content .08 to .10

  • License Suspended for 6 Months
  • $400 fine
  • 48 hours (minimum) to 30 Days (maximum) in Jail, OR 48 Hours of Public Service Employment
With a Blood Alcohol Content .10 to .16
  • License Suspended for 6 months
  • $500 fine
  • 72 hours (minimum) to 30 Days (maximum) in Jail, OR 72 Hours of Public Service Employment
With a Blood Alcohol Content Above .16
  • License Suspended for 6 months
  • $1,000 fine
  • 30 days (minimum) to 90 days (maximum) in Jail, OR 30 Days of Public Service Employment

Hidden Costs and Fees

These fines and penalties do not include the long term financial burdens from rising car insurance rates, court and attorney fees, license reinstatement fees, and other costs associated with a DUI offense. In addition, South Carolina drivers charged with a DUI are required to go through the Alcohol and Drug Safety Action Program. The minimum cost of the program is $500. Additional fees could be as high as $2,500. With all of these extra costs, even a minor offense can end up costing you around $10,000.

These numbers should make it an easy decision to opt for a cab ride in lieu of a hefty fine and jail time when considering your choices for getting home after drinking. Taxi rates vary throughout the state of South Carolina, but your life and your future are worth considerably more than what any cab driver would charge you. Save your own life and the lives of others on the road by not drinking and driving. For more information regarding the consequences of driving under the influence, contact a knowledgeable attorney at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers .

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