Posted by the Charleston, SC DUI Attorneys at Anderson & Schuster, Attorneys at Law, LLC. Our Charleston DUI lawyers help those charged with DUI in Charleston, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Summerville and across the South Carolina lowcountry. If you are charged with DUI, our Charleston, SC DUI Lawyers will discuss your case with you free of charge.
South Carolina lawmakers are now considering proposed driving under the influence (DUI) legislation that would lower the "legal limit" for DUI from 0.08 to 0.05. South Carolina Senator Gerald Malloy introduced a bill in the SC Senate that would lower the blood alcohol content (BAC) level at which it could be inferred that those charged with DUI were too intoxicated to drive.
Last year, 26,000 people in South Carolina were arrested for DUI. If the proposed DUI law were to pass, the number of DUI arrests in Charleston and across SC would almost certainly rise.
South Carolina ranks in the top ten among other states for number of DUI and alcohol-related crashes, not exactly a statistic to be proud of. However, last year 68 percent of South Carolina alcohol-related crashes involved drivers with a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or greater. A small percentage of accidents involved those at 0.08 or less.
If the BAC limit is lowered, it likely will may have a chilling effect on alcohol consumption in restaurants and bars. A drink or two with dinner would put many folks at risk of being charged with and subsequently convicted of DUI.
We will keep you updated on the status of this DUI bill as it makes it way through the legislative process.