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Law enforcement take drunk drivers off roads by the dozen

More than 50 people have been arrested for driving drunk since highway patrol's Sober or Slammer campaign kicked off mid December. (Kristin Sanchez). More than 50 people have been arrested for driving drunk since highway patrol's Sober or Slammer campaign kicked off mid December. (Kristin Sanchez).
Bartenders and police all suggest figuring out how you're getting home in advance. You can even make reservations with a cab company to insure you get home safely.(Source: Kristin Sanchez). Bartenders and police all suggest figuring out how you're getting home in advance. You can even make reservations with a cab company to insure you get home safely.(Source: Kristin Sanchez).
HORRY COUNTY, SC(WMBF) - We're days away from celebrating the start of the new year. New Year's Eve is one of the most dangerous days to be out on the roads. 

While you're out, law enforcement officers will be, too.

More than 50 people have been arrested for driving drunk since highway patrol's Sober or Slammer campaign kicked off mid December. Eight of those arrests were made this weekend.

New Year's is the second most deadliest time to be out on the roads. The holiday sees a high number of deaths.

Sharon Honeycutt, a concerned driver says, "we're always worried about what other people are doing because so many people don't make the right choices for drinking and driving."

Since the Sober or Slammer campaign kicked off on December 11, at least one person has been booked every day for driving under the influence, that's why some families are choosing to stay home to ring in the new year.

"We'll probably stay at home off the roads," says Krystal Hamilton, concerned driver.

Local law enforcement can't stress the importance of having a designated driver enough. The South Carolina Department of Public Safety says about a dozen more people died this year from traffic crashes than last.

"Just traffic, people slamming on the breaks on the freeway, cutting people off, it's just bad," explains Blake Hamilton, a concerned driver.

Bartenders and police all suggest figuring out how you're getting home in advance. You can even make reservations with a cab company to insure you get home safely.

"Always find a designated driver. Always. Most of the time in the past that's always been me. I don't mind doing it," says Honeycutt. "I love going out with people. I don't mind them going out drinking and having a good time, but always always have someone else do the driving that's not drinking," she added.

You can also do your part to help keep drunk drivers off the road by reporting them. If you see something, say something.

If you see someone drinking and driving while out on the roads, the best thing you can do is pull over, call police, tell them where you are and try to get the license plate number or description of the car.

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