LANCASTER–As the summer months come to a close, law enforcement across South Carolina are ramping up a Labor Day effort to keep drunk drivers from behind the wheel.
The program is called Target Zero: A goal of zero drunk driving deaths on South Carolina’s roads.
All across the state Thursday, State Troopers, local sheriff’s deputies, police, firefighters and healthcare workers banded together to pass on the message.
“The only acceptable number of traffic deaths in our state is zero,” Albert said. “When people tell us this goal is unattainable our question is always the same: ‘How many deaths are acceptable in your family?'”
Since Memorial Day, 141 people have died on South Carolina roads this year, Albert said. Nearly 40 percent of those deaths were alcohol related.
The Labor Day reporting period kicks in at 6 p.m. the Friday before Labor day and ends at 11:59 p.m September 1.
“We’re looking for people that are weaving, crossing the center line, turning, hitting the curbs, excessive speed or driving slow,” said Lance Corporal Glenn Miller. “It’s opposites. It’s driving behavior.”
In 2013, the S.C. Highway Patrol made 27,000 arrests for driving under the influence. The average cost of a DUI, Miller said, is $10,000.