Aiken County, SC (WJBF) – Starting this week, drivers will see more troopers and officers on major roads and highways throughout South Carolina.
Law enforcement agencies across the state are kicking off their “Sober Or Slammer” campaign, which is aimed at combating drunk driving.
Last year, around 24,000 people were arrested for DUI in South Carolina, and over 900 of those arrests were in the Aiken area. Alcohol-impaired accidents have accounted for more than 40 percent of total highway deaths in South Carolina in recent years.
“This year, we’re up in fatalities statewide. We’re up in fatalities here in Aiken County. Unfortunately, 892 people will not be here at the end of the year for the holidays. We don’t want that number to grow anymore,” said Lance Corporal Judd Jones, of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
To report drunk drivers in South Carolina, dial *HP on your mobile phone. Georgia has a similar campaign kicking off Wednesday. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has an app called “Drive Sober, Georgia” to help you find a sober ride home during the holidays. You can find out more on the app for iOS devices here. Click here for information on the Android version.