BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office stepped up efforts to take drunk drivers off the roads in Berkeley County with the deployment of a new DUI Unit that has been charged with patrolling the county in search of drunk offenders.
Sheriff Wayne DeWitt announced Friday that on Jan. 15, the new DUI Unit started patrolling areas of the county in and effort to reduce the rate of alcohol-related fatalities.
DeWitt said that a grant through the South Carolina Department of Public Safety allowed his office to hire three deputies who will concentrate on DUI enforcement.
Berkeley County has, for more than three years, has maintained one of the highest ratings in alcohol-related accidents and death caused by impaired drivers. This federal assistance grant, in the amount of $311,149, will be used to bring that rating down, said Sheriff DeWitt.
The officers, assigned to the new DUI Unit, have been trained on DUI detection, radar and Datamaster at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.