Sober or Slammer campaign kicks off across S.C.

Published: Dec. 15, 2015 at 7:21 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 15, 2015 at 10:45 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies gathered in North Charleston Tuesday to kick off the holiday
Sober or Slammer! DUI enforcement blitz.

The goal of the enforcement and education push is to reduce preventable highway fatalities and injuries caused by the choice to drink and drive.

Officials said drinking and driving is a big program around the holidays, saying it's not just a law enforcement issue, it's a community issue. Reports indicate there were 24,000 arrests last year statewide for impaired driving.

Traffic fatalities are also up this year across the state.

According to preliminary figures, 892 people have been killed in traffic crashes in 2015, compared to 771 people killed during the same time period last year.

SCDPS said drunk driving is the cause of 40 percent of fatal crashes across the state.

"Lives are lost at all times of the day and in all areas of the state due to DUI," said Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver. "DUI doesn't just happen at night. It
doesn't just happen to one group or another. But DUI is 100 percent preventable by making the right choices this holiday season."
Troopers said the public can expect safety checkpoints and more law enforcement on the roads between now and Jan. 1.
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