MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A lot of people have plans to host or go to a Super Bowl party on Sunday. But if those party plans involve alcohol, make sure there's also a designated driver.
Law enforcement is ramping up their presence on the roads Sunday, and there are a lot of other options than getting behind the wheel of a car.
A taxi cab will cost a small fee compared to what a DUI costs. Plus, a first-time DUI offender could spend 30 days behind bars.
Both Myrtle Beach Police and South Carolina Highway Patrol say they will have more uniforms patrolling the roads on Sunday because so many people are at bars and house parties.
Captain David Knipes says there are so many other alternatives to drinking and driving. "It's not worth it. There's a number of options you can have, obviously number one: don't drink. Number two, have a designated driver. Call a cab, call for a family member."
According to the South Carolina Department of Public Safety, the fine for a DUI can range from $400 to $6,300. Then there is the six-month license suspension, as well as an insurance rate increase. So, aside from your fine, you'll also have to pay a license reinstatement fee and higher insurance rates.
You will be required to attend special counseling for alcohol abuse, and your insurance premiums will double or triple.
Court fees will be a minimum of $1,000, and that doesn't even cover the cost of an attorney. According to attorneys throughout the state, $3,500 is the average cost to fight a first offense DUI.
Below are a few of the cab companies in Myrtle Beach:
- City Cab of Myrtle Beach (843) 251-5959
- Myrtle Beach Cab (843) 222-252
- Absolute Taxi (843) 333-3333
- An Oceanside Taxi Company (843) 458-1008