Local, state police launch holiday ‘Sober or Slammer’ campaign

Posted December 12, 2013 5:27 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

DSC_3335Andrew Kiel | WRHI.com
With the holidays quickly approaching, the S.C. Highway Patrol, York County Sheriff’s Deputies and a number of municipal law enforcement agencies are ramping up their DUI enforcement efforts.

Starting December 13 through New Year’s, law enforcement officers are launching a combined effort dubbed “Sober of Slammer” to prevent — and sweep — drunk drivers of South Carolina’s roads.

“In addition to the holiday cheer, we know that a common theme will be the presence of alcohol,” said S.C. Highway Patrol Captain B.J. Albert.

But nighttime parties aren’t the only concerns on South Carolina’s roads, Albert said, as authorities see drunk drivers in the morning, the middle of the day and late at night.

“We stop drunk drivers in your neighborhoods as your kids head to school, we stop drunk drivers on the Interstates going 90 miles an hour and we stop drunk drivers weaving through city streets late at night,” Albert said.

As a result, this year’s campaign involves local law enforcement, electronic highway road signs and local media in prevention efforts.

Television and radio advertisements will air on select stations across the state.

York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant stood beside Albert as the multijurisdictional effort kicked off with a press conference Thursday.

“We’re real concerned about the safety of individuals on the road,” Bryant said. “York County is a growing, growing county and, of course, with growth comes more traffic.”

Bryant said his deputies have led education efforts to prevent drunk drivers, but Driving Under the Influence remains the greatest contributor to highway deaths.

Year to date, York County deputies have issued 201 citations for Driving Under the Influence. During the same time period last year, 202 citations were written.

Statewide, in 2012, authorities cited approximately 27,000 drivers for Driving Under the Influence.