Drunk Driver Charged After Causing Deadly Crash in Florence County, North Carolina
FLORENCE COUNTY, SC- Wpde.com writes that police arrested a driver for driving under the influence in a crash that resulted in a fatality. The man drifted across the centerline of US-378 in a 2001 Buick Regal and struck a semi-truck that was headed in the opposite direction.*
The 26-year-old driver and the woman operating the 2016 Volvo truck both suffered injuries in the crash. Responders brought both to McLeod Hospital.
The collision killed a 27-year-old man who was traveling in the car. The driver is in jail, where he is waiting for his bond hearing. Drunk driving rates are declining, but in South Carolina, still, a high number of accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence. One study found that the state has the second-highest rate of drunk driving fatalities in the country. Only Montana outranked South Carolina in alcohol-related motor vehicle deaths.
Across the country, about one in every three fatal crashes is the result of a drunk driver. In South Carolina, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) suggests there are several things that the state could do to reduce its rate of drunk driving crashes. First, drunk driving with a child in the car could be made a felony rather than a misdemeanor. The safety advocates also say that more sobriety checkpoints should exist in the state. Finally, MADD says that any driver convicted of a DUI should have to install an interlock system in his or her vehicle.
Of course, driving drunk is a risk not worth taking. Fortunately, there are plenty of options to avoid getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol, including using rideshare services.
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