Officials to enforce alcohol refusal law

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Law enforcement agencies throughout Horry County will now be collaborating in an effort to stop intoxicated patrons at bars and restaurants from being served more than they should.

According to the Alcohol Enforcement Team, South Carolina already prohibits the sale of alcohol to intoxicated patrons, however, studies are showing that intoxicated people are still being served just under 80 percent of the time.

Beginning Thursday, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Horry County law enforcement agencies will be teaming up with AET to enforce the law and minimize service to intoxicated patrons.

A study in Michigan reportedly found that during three months of enforcement of a similar law, refusal rates rose from 17.5 percent to 54.3 percent, and drivers arrested for driving under the influence coming from a bar or restaurant fell from 31.7 percent to 23.3 percent.

Law enforcement officials are hoping that by enforcing the law, drunk driving, fights, injuries, violent crime and other issues will be limited.

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