CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The numbers are staggering: Every day in our country, 29 people die in vehicle crashes that involve a driver under the influence of alcohol.
That's one death every 50 minutes; more than 10,000 deaths every year.
Forty-three percent of all drivers who die in vehicle crashes and have an autopsy had drugs present in their system.
The Lowcountry has seen too many cases of death and injury from impaired drivers.
Katie Arrington, the Republican nominee for U.S. Congress, and her friend were seriously injured in an accident. The other driver? Drunk and killed.
And the heartbreaking death of the 11-year-old girl from Denmark whose family was visiting Charleston: Selma Akguel's family was walking downtown when she was hit and later died. The other driver? Charged with DUI. We don't yet know what was in his system.
There are many more tragedies like these. If you're going to drink, ride with someone who isn't drinking. Have a designated driver.
If a friend has had too much to drink? Take their keys. If that makes them angry, who cares? They'll get over it.
It's better to have a friend who is angry than a friend who kills or hurts someone else, or themselves.