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'100 deadly days of Summer' brings back memories for victims of DUI's

Memorial Day is the unofficial start to Summer. For many, that means cookouts and hours spent by the pool.

But for law enforcement, it means an increased number of impaired drivers on South Carolina roadways.

The "100 Deadly Days of Summer" is an enforcement period, from Memorial Day through Labor Day, when officers ramp up efforts to keep highway fatalities down.

Officers estimate nearly 200 people die every year because of impaired driving, during this time period in SC. That's two deaths a day, on average.

It's those staggering statistics that bring back memories for victims, like Levi Moore, of DUI situations.

"There must be a reason that i'm still here because statistically, I should not have survived," said Moore, talking about his near death experience.

Moore, now 27-years-old, recalls the 1993 December night. He was in the truck with his grandfather, who had a few too many drinks.

"He hit a sand bank, flipped the truck over I don't know how many times," said Moore. "I wasn't wearing a seat belt."

His grandfather passed out after the accident, without injury. Moore, with a broken cheek-bone and gashed head, climbed out of the up-side-down truck, and walked more than a mile in the cold, dark night to find help.

"The woman screamed when she opened the door because my entire forehead was essentially just a big scab," said Moore. "Every time my heart would beat, it would bleed."

On top of the broken cheekbone, Moore had 60 stitches and suffered numerous other injuries.

Now, he says the scars serve a bigger purpose and help him advocate safe driving to others.

"If you don't care about yourself, think about the people that you could potentially be injuring," said Moore. Because it's not always about you. There's other people out there, driving, or walking or riding a bike."

Because of messages like Moore's, and because this is the deadliest time of year on the roads, law enforcement is sending a "no tolerance" message for impaired driving.

Officers say if you kill someone while under the influence, you could face up to 25 years in prison.

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