Drivers around the state may notice an increased law enforcement presence, as Friday marks the start of the 2013 Sober or Slammer! campaign, aimed at getting drunk drivers off the roads.
The impaired driving crackdown is a partnership between the South Carolina Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement. In addition to added road patrols, the effort will include television commercials and alternative advertising such as DUI messages on ice boxes and box trucks.
The campaign will run Aug. 16, through the end of Labor Day weekend.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, there have been 164 highway deaths in South Carolina since Memorial Day weekend. But they say overall highway deaths have fallen this year compared to 2012, dropping from 432 compared to 516 last year at this time.
Drunk driving is an issue at the forefront of minds for many in the Upstate, after Shauntia Jackson and her three kids were hit head on by an accused drunk driver, who was driving in the wrong direction down I-385 in Greenville. According to Greenville police Jackson was killed on impact, and her three kids were sent to the hospital with serious injuries.
SC Highway Patrol urges motorists to call *HP or *47 if they see someone they suspect is driving impaired. Signs can include: driving too fast or too slowly, driving erratically, weaving in and out of lanes, crossing the center line or briefly drifting off the roadway.
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