SC State Police Department to Combat DUI with Impaired Driving Activity

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

We are inundated with the disheartening headlines often- “17 Arrests, 72 Citations at DUI Checkpoints,”DUI Sentencing for Fatal Crash,” and the list continues. These headlines, however, have not halted the numerous deaths caused by accidents involving a drunk driver, or driving under the influence. In fact, over a third of all deaths resulting from traffic accidents in the United States are alcohol related. In April 2010, South Carolina led these grim statistics, with 50 percent of all deaths on South Carolina roads being caused by drunk drivers.

Eugenia Staley, victims advocate for the SC State University Police Department, is working with the office to help in preventing DUI. On Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2010 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., the SC State University Police Department will sponsor an Impaired Driving Activity in the K.W. Green Student Center Plaza.  All participants will receive enhanced goggles that demonstrate the vision of an individual under the influence. These goggles will be worn while driving around traffic cones on a golf cart.

Staley encourages all students, faculty and staff to attend this event. “The holidays are approaching, and we want to ensure that our students fully understand the repercussions of driving while impaired,” says Staley.  “We do not want any of our students to become a casualty due to their own negligence. We want to make sure that they are aware.”

For more information on the Impaired Driving Activity, contact Eugenia Staley at (803) 536-7188.