Greenville's Rate of Fatal DUI Accidents is the Highest in South Carolina
The City of Greenville continues to have the highest rate of fatal DUI accidents in South Carolina.
Crash statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that one person is tragically killed in a DUI-related accident every two weeks in Greenville County, South Carolina. According to NHTSA's crash data, drunk driving accidents cause nearly one-third of South Carolina's fatal traffic deaths.
Some safety advocates, quoted in the news report, believe that lawmakers aren't doing enough to reduce the number of drunk driving accidents in the state. Safety advocates believe more troopers on South Carolina's roadways will discourage impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel after consuming alcoholic beverages or drugs. One idea is to reduce the time burden created in prosecuting DUI offenses. DUI criminal cases require a lot of time to prosecute, which means the troopers have less time on the highways enforcing speed limits and creating a presence that leads to fewer impaired drivers on the road. The news report asserts that DUI accident rates climb when the number of DUI arrests drop.
According to Representative Eddie Tallon, a former State Law Enforcement Division agent, one of the biggest problems affecting traffic safety is that the Highway Patrol is understaffed. Mr. Tallon stated that the Highway Patrol spends a significant amount of time handling and investigating traffic accidents. When Highway Patrol troopers are handling accidents, they are unable to enforce the State's DUI laws.
According to crash data provided by the NHTSA and cited in the news article, for the past five years, Greenville County has averaged 25.6 alcohol-related traffic deaths annually. Last year, there were 21 fatalities in Greenville County.
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