CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Eight people died on South Carolina roadways last Memorial Day weekend and 500 people were injured.
The holiday marks what is known as the ‘100 Deadly Days of Summer’ where law enforcement officials and coroners across the country see a spike in deadly crashes.
AAA predicts this year will be record breaking for South Carolinians traveling this Memorial Day weekend, adding another element to keep in mind before you get behind the wheel.
“The Memorial Day weekend is here, it’s a holiday weekend—folks may be traveling to the beaches, area lakes, and if they are going to consume alcohol they need to have a plan in place that includes a designated driver,” said Trooper Matt Southern with South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Trooper Southern went on to say: “The last thing we want somebody to do is go out, have a good time and then get stopped because they are driving under the influence of alcohol, hurt themselves or a passenger, end up going to jail, or even killing someone.”
The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office charged a man with felony DUI resulting in death on a separate holiday weekend back in 2017.
That man later pled guilty to killing his best friend after crashing on Ashley Phosphate Road.
Today, he shares his story with the very same deputy who arrested him. You can see that story in the video tab above.