Motorists see change with DUI crackdown

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Myrtle Beach Police Traffic Division made a total of five DUI related arrests over New Year's Eve. It's a number they say is on par with arrests made on the same day in recent years, but motorists say the streets seem a little safer.

"It was really crowded, it was a mad house," says Joe Alexander, who works for Anchor Taxi. Joe drove his cab on New Year's Eve. While it was a busy night, he says people on the road were being responsible.

"I didn't see anyone who I thought really shouldn't be on the road," he says. "Police were out in force."

Jim Irvin, of the Irvin Law Firm, handles several DUI cases a year, and he says he's surprised at the relatively low number of arrests made.

"I would consider five arrests in Myrtle Beach low," Irvin says. "That tells me the campaign advertising the DUI crackdown is working."

Joe Alexander also notices what seems to be an increase in people finding rides and staying off the roads if they've had too much to drink.

"I've been doing this for fourteen years, and I've noticed that less people are drinking and driving."

And Irvin says making the responsible choice pays off in the long run. Besides jail time and other serious consequences, the cost of a DUI can make a serious dent in any bank account.

"It runs anywhere between $2,500 and $5,000," Irvin says. "You cannot outrun the cost of driving under the influence."

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