Tue, 10 Feb 2015 21:06:40 GMT — COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - Law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and victim advocates from across South Carolina came together to call on the S.C. General Assembly, to reform certain provisions to DUI laws Tuesday morning.
In 2013, South Carolina had 335 drunk driving deaths and according to some officials in law enforcement, it is nearly impossible to successfully prosecute a DUI case in our state due to video requirements in our current laws.
They even showed dash cam videos of instances where drivers are clearly intoxicated, but were let off for small reasons, like their feet being cut off in the video.
Law enforcement wants people to know that while there are increasing deaths in accidents due to DUI's, by cracking down harder, it can keep more people alive.
"We do need stronger laws, we do need reform to keep those offenders off the roads and to keep your family and my family safe," says Director of SC Dept. of Public Safety Leroy Smith.
Smith also added that it is going to take rigorous police efforts, sound educational efforts, and input from the public to make this initiative work.
Law enforcement says they are confident bills that prevent cases from being dismissed if a small technical problem exists in the video is key, and those bills will provide a pathway to greater impaired driving prosecutions.
They are asking that the members of the General Assembly take action on these bills as soon as possible.