Law enforcement kicks off DUI crackdown

Little River, SC - By Evan Lambert - bio | email

LITTLE RIVER, SC (WMBF) - Law enforcement officers from across the Grand Strand and Pee Dee are joining with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety for a DUI crackdown.

The multi-state campaign kicked off with a safety checkpoint Sunday at the state line on Highway 17 in Little River.

Officers are calling the campaign Hands Across the Border and it coincides with South Carolina's Sober or Slammer campaign that focuses on preventing people from driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

The Horry County Police Department was just one of many agencies involved in Sunday's checkpoint. According to Officer Fred Rash with Horry County, the time is right to begin the crackdown.

"With the holiday weekend coming up the increase of driving under the influence goes up dramatically and so do the number of accidents. We're hoping we can curb that somewhat and eventually put a stop to them," Rash said.

He says that there can't always be checkpoints though and that citizens can do their part of stop a drunk driver.

"Try and get the tag number, the direction of travel and if they, without putting theirselves in harm's way just watch the vehicle that's in front of them. Don't try to pass them, don't try and stop them," said Rash.

Drivers who go through one of the safety checkpoints should expect to be stopped. Officers will be making sure each driver has his or her license, registration and proof of insurance in addition to looking for signs of impairment.

The  Hands Across the Border campaign will make stops in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

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