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SC troopers crack down during 'Sober or Slammer'

Public Safety checkpoints in Aiken County today as part of the kickoff for Sober or Slammer! Campaign. (Source: SCDPS) Public Safety checkpoints in Aiken County today as part of the kickoff for Sober or Slammer! Campaign. (Source: SCDPS)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Sober or slammer - that's the message law enforcement is sending to drivers in a crackdown that runs through Labor Day weekend.

The Sober or Slammer campaign involves strong enforcement, television commercials and advertising on ice boxes and box trucks.

"From 2007-2011, we experienced a 32 percent reduction in alcohol-impaired fatalities -- from 464 to 315," said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. "Achieving this takes all of us working together in terms of enforcement, education, communications, financial resources, information technology, and human resources. Impaired driving remains one of the greatest challenges we face in the law enforcement community."

Since Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of the '100 Deadly Days of Summer, there have been 164 highway deaths. In 2012, there were 176 deaths during this same time period.

Overall highway deaths have fallen this year compared to 2012. There have been 432 compared to 516 last year at this time.

SC Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver said his troopers see the deadly consequences of the decision to drive impaired every day.

"We want motorists to understand that if they drink and drive, the threat of getting caught is very real," said Col. Mike Oliver, Commander of the SC Highway Patrol. "That's why we will saturate the state with enforcement as well as visual reminders of the consequences of getting behind the wheel after drinking." Last year, officers in South Carolina, including troopers, made more than 27,000 DUI arrests.

The enforcement blitz – part of the Sober or Slammer! campaign – is spearheaded by SCDPS and runs from August 16 to September 2. The goal is to reduce the number of crashes and fatalities caused by motorists driving under the influence of alcohol.

SC Highway Patrol urges motorists to call *HP or *47 if they see someone they suspect is driving impaired. Signs can include: driving too fast or too slowly; driving erratically, weaving in and out of lanes; crossing the center line or briefly drifting off the roadway.

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