Highway patrol cracking down on drunk driving during holidays

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Tis the season for holiday parties, but if you decide to drink, you better have a designated driver. That is the message from the South Carolina Highway Patrol this time of year.

The Sober or Slammer DUI enforcement campaign kicks off Thursday and troopers will have all eyes on the road for the next few weeks.

Several law enforcement agencies will take part in the blitz to keep impaired drivers off the roads.

On average in South Carolina, one person is killed every day as a result of a DUI incident. In the U.S., someone dies at the hands of a drunk driver every 50 minutes. Nearly 50 percent of fatal DUI collisions in South Carolina involve only one vehicle.

Highway Patrol says drunk driving remains the No. 1 cause of road fatalities. Drivers can help keep the roads and interstates safe from drunk drivers.

If you see someone who is swerving all over the road, driving recklessly, or looks like they might be impaired, just call *HP from your mobile device. You will be connected to a dispatcher, who will then alert the highway patrol to come out and take a look at the situation.

Remember it's your choice is you drink or drive, make sure you make the right one, or you can face some serious consequences.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2008 more than 20,000 DUI arrests were made across South Carolina.

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