Joining forces to put an end to DUIs
Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:58:06 GMT —
North Carolina and South Carolina law enforcement agencies came to together to put an end to people driving under the influence.
100 officers from more than 20 agencies, representing both states gathered at the Carolina border, worked hand in hand at a large DUI check point Tuesday night.
They are working together to try to cut down the number of people killed on our roads.
"We are brothers and sisters out here and we are all working together to fight these issues that we are having on our highways," Brent Kelley, law enforcement liaison.
The number one issue in South Carolina, is DUI fatalities.
Last year South Carolina ranked number three in the highest number of people killed in drunk driving crashes.
"With the fatalities in the state, on average we are seeing that alcohol is involved in almost 50 percent of the time," said Corporal Shannon Toole with Myrtle Beach Police Department.
The 'Hands Across the Board' campaign brings together more than 20 agencies from both North and South Carolina to reduce the number of deaths.
The agencies are working towards their target number of zero.
"I ask you how many fatalities are ok in your family, the number is zero. So that's what we want is zero fatalities and we are working together to try and get to that goal," said Sgt. Don Causey with South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Historically, these deaths increase during holidays, like Labor Day weekend.
The law enforcement agencies set up a DUI check point along the Carolina's border Tuesday night, setting a tone for the rest of week.
They want drivers to know they will be watching you.
Toole says law enforcement officials focus on every day. all year long. But they put an extra emphasis on holidays that promote drinking.
"We are joining hands across local jurisdictions as well as statewide jurisdictions to let the people know it's not going tolerated," said Toole. "We want our fatality rate reduced. We want to get to target zero."
Law enforcement officers say people not wearing seat belts, speeding and drunk driving are the top three causes of fatalities.
Surrounding states are also coming together during the next week to fight for the target zero fatalities.