Few people busted for New Year's Eve DUI in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - New numbers show just a handful of arrests for drunk driving on New Year's Eve. Both the City of Charleston and North Charleston arrested just one person for driving under the influence.

Charleston County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested two people for drunk driving. They also gave out a ticket for having an open container and handled two accidents.

Summerville and Mount Pleasant police each arrested two people for DUI.  Mt. Pleasant police also arrested five people for public intoxication.

In Georgetown County, sheriff's deputies did not make a single arrest for DUI.

Major Jim Brady with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office says public service announcements and local news outlets' efforts to inform the public contributed to the low DUI arrests.

There seems to have been fewer drunk drivers on the road, but that doesn't mean they were any less deadly this year. More people died on South Carolina roads last year than the year before.

Although not good news, both numbers are still below the peak we hit in 2007.That year, more than a thousand people were killed on South Carolina roads.

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