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Drunk driving checkpoint viability questioned

Most people in South Carolina have seen or heard reports of checkpoints set up by police officers to try and catch alleged drunk drivers. These checkpoints are often set up at or near key holidays like New Year's Eve or Fourth of July. They may also be established at random times. This particular method of attempting to target people for specific violations has been the subject of some debate recently in neighboring North Carolina.

Jury still out on Uber's effectiveness against drunk driving

As more communities in South Carolina and across the country have ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft available, many hope that they will help to lower the rates of drunk driving on the streets in their communities. Yet studies have not proven decisive on whether or not this is the case.

What is an ignition interlock device?

People in South Carolina who have been arrested for suspected drunk driving will need to learn quickly the laws and penalties that may apply to them. This will be important as they move through the defense process. As explained by the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, one of the consequences for drivers who are convicted of some driving under the influence charges is the required use of an ignition interlock device.

Field sobriety test accuracy rates

Have you recently been charged with a drunk driving offense in South Carolina? Maybe you know someone who has been in this predicament and want to be able to offer support to them. In either case, one of the things you will want to learn about is the accuracy rates or lack thereof associated with the various tests used by officers.

Hazards of drinking in the summer

While many South Carolina residents know that heat and alcohol can both have their dangers, some may not have thought about the hazards of combining these substances. When combined, heat and alcohol can have a far-reaching impact on people, and it is important to understand why this combination can be so dangerous.

Understanding the nystagmus field sobriety test

Summer is in full swing now and it is not uncommon for South Carolina residents to be invited to backyard barbeques or outings at a local lake to gather with friends and family. Beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages may well be served as these events. Anyone who drives home after having a casual drink with friends should be keenly aware of the types of tests officers may ask you to participate in if they suspect you may be intoxicated or impaired while driving.

What is the one-leg stand test?

When hearing about a person being arrested for drunk driving, a person in South Carolina may not always know exactly what transpires during this process. Certainly a driver's blood alcohol level may need to be obtained but that is not the only type of testing that may occur. The National Highway Traffic Safety Association has sanctioned three other tests for use during the investigation phase. According to FieldSobrietyTests.org, this battery of tests is not meant to prove that a person is intoxicated or determine a level of intoxication. Instead, the field sobriety tests are used to establish enough evidence to support a drunk driving arrest.

How common is underage DUI?

When it comes to underage drunk driving, there are many issues to take into consideration. If you are a teen who was accused of this offense, or if your child is facing underage DUI charges, you may have a high level of anxiety and be unsure of what to do next. In Florence, and across all parts of South Carolina, these charges can upend a young person's life in many ways. For example, they may lose their driving privileges, face financial penalties and even spend time behind bars. Moreover, these charges could impact their performance in school, which highlights how important it is to deal with these charges appropriately.

How drinking affects your ability to drive

If you are a resident of Florence, South Carolina, you are likely already aware that getting behind the wheel after you have been drinking can have serious consequences, including the possibility of being arrested. However, it may be helpful to understand how alcohol affects your body when you have been imbibing. At Parham Law Firm, LLC, we understand how important keeping your driver’s license is to you.