SC drunken driving crackdown starts Friday

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - South Carolina authorities will launch their Sober or Slammer Labor Day enforcement blitz on Friday.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement agencies are leading statewide crackdown on drunken driving, which runs from Aug. 20 to Sept. 6. The initiative aims to reduce DUI-related crashes and fatalities and is part of the 100 Deadly Days of Summer, which kicked off Memorial Day.

Since midnight Aug. 15, there were 136 fatalities in the first 77 days of the 100 Deadly Days of Summer, which is down 39 percent from 223 fatalities in the same period in 2009.

So far this year, the South Carolina Highway Patrol has made 9,535 drunken driving arrests. That's up 17 percent over last year.

To report drunken drivers on South Carolina roadways, call *HP or *47.

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