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Report: DUI fatalities up 16 percent from last year in SC

SC (WMBF) - South Carolina ranks as one of the worst states for DUI fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Drunk driving fatalities were up 16 percent from last year in South Carolina, according to reports.

In South Carolina, more than 350 people died, representing 41 percent of all total traffic deaths, according to the NHTSA.

Reversing this trend begins with requiring interlocks for all convicted drunken drivers, noted MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving. 

In 2014, lawmakers took an important step to stop drunk driving by enacting Emma's law requiring ignition interlocks for first-time convicted drunken drivers with a BAC of .15 or greater.

Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released the 2013 state-by-state fatality data.

Nationally, drunk driving fatalities decreased from 10,322 in 2012 to 10,076 in 2013. Despite this progress, 31 percent of all fatalities in 2013 involved a drunk driver, meaning that nearly one out of three fatalities resulted from this 100 percent preventable crime.

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