Florence County to target intoxicated drivers over the holiday

December 20, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. -- There will be a heightened law enforcement presence on Florence County roads this holiday season as officers work to make sure those people who are driving card are not intoxicated.

This will be part of the statewide Sober or Slammer campaign and will be coordinated by the 12th Circuit Law Enforcement Network, which includes Florence and Marion Counties.

“The member agencies of the Twelfth Circuit Law Enforcement Network will be out in force during the holiday season to enforce the traffic laws in an effort to reduce alcohol related accidents and fatalities.” Sheriff Kenney Boone said. “These tragic accidents are easily preventable. It’s simple. If you drink, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a friend or even a cab, but don’t get behind the wheel and risk arrest, or even worse, injuring or killing someone else.”

In addition, South Carolina has zero tolerance when it comes to the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21.

“Anyone under age with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system while operating a motor vehicle breaks the law,” Maj. Mike Nunn wrote in a release on the enforcement effort.

The public can get involved in the effort as well by being eyes out on the road. “Motorists can also report suspected driving under the influence by calling *HP or Emergency 911,” according to the release.

“Public involvement is critical in enforcing the DUI laws. Help us make this the year that no one in Florence County faces the tragedy of an alcohol related motor vehicle fatality this Holiday Season. Together, we can make this happen,” Boone said through the release. “From all of us at FCSO, have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.”

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