Nov

25

South Carolina Governor Calls for Tougher DUI Laws

By Mary Ann

South Carolina’s Governor has called for strengthening DUI penalties in the State. A Governor’s study panel is recommending a tiered penalty system. Principally, the new laws would add penalties for driving with an aggravated BAC. The four tiers would be:

(1) Driving With An Unlawful Alcohol Concentration: Driving with a BAC of at least .08 percent but less than .10 percent. Maximum penalties would range from 30 days in jail for a first offense to five years in prison for fourth and subsequent offenses, plus fines. 

(2) Driving With An Unlawful and High Alcohol Concentration: Driving with a BAC of at least .10 percent but less than .16 percent. Maximum penalties would range from 30 days in jail for a first offense to six years in prison for fourth and subsequent offenses, plus fines.

(3) Driving With An Unlawful and Gross Alcohol Concentration: Driving with a BAC of at least .16 percent. Maximum penalties would range from 90 days in jail for a first offense to seven years in prison for fourth and subsequent offenses, plus fines.

(4) Driving While Impaired: Driving while “materially and appreciably impaired.” Maximum penalties range from 30 days in jail for a first offense to five years in prison for fourth and subsequent offenses, plus fines. Not dependant on BAC tests.

While the Governor defended his position saying that defense attorneys were profiting from the existing system, at least one DUI defense attorney declared that tougher laws would bring more business to DUI lawyers.

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One Response so far

We need to tighten DUI laws. We (SC) are known for high crime, increase in # illegals and lax DUI laws.
It is relatively easy to crack down on this–follow the Arizona Maricopa County sheriff and his strict enforcement. What we put into this is what we get out of it for SC. Sure, it costs for enforcement to lock these people up, but we can do it for less $ as Maricopa County does. Their inmates eat and sleep as well as our soldiers,but no better.
You will have the respect of the country when you enforce the law, plus make the citizens of SC safer.
Quit protecting the criminals! Clark