Anti-Alcohol Forces Find Obstacles in South Carolina DUI Laws

April 10th, 2014 at 12:30 pm


Interlock Ignition Laws Are Being Proposed by Groupds Tied to IID Companies in Every State

The prohibitionists are attempting to push through a bill that would mandate breathalyzers in all cars of first offenders. The truth is, these groups are supported through donations from the companies that make or install the breathalyzers. The MADD groups use statistical data to claim that the laws are well more successful than they actually are – there is no cross-comparison between states who mandate and those who do not – rather they simply cite to statistics that show a reduction of DUI arrests following passage of the law as proof of its success. That trick is called “Post Hoc Ergo Proctor Hoc.” Of course, these groups never accept responsibility for past proposals that have failed to reduce arrests. Nor do they ask for those other draconian laws to be lifted from the books when proven unsuccessful.

As reported:

“Emma’s Law, the state’s first get-tough effort on drunken drivers in years, ran into a roadblock Tuesday in the S.C. Senate, when one senator blocked the bill for a day.”

“Emma’s Law was amended slightly in the House, and Lourie and his supporters want the Senate to approve the House version of the bill. Due to parliamentary rules, supporters say, if the Senate changes the House version in any way, that likely could doom the bill’s chances of becoming law. The bill would then have to clear numerous new legislative hurdles to be passed.”

The House made several amendments to the Senate version of Emma’s Law. One would raise the blood alcohol level requirement to .15 from .12 for the standard requiring any person pleading guilty to or being convicted of first offense DUI to use an ignition interlock device.

For two years, Lourie and some other lawmakers, along with victims and safety advocates, have pushed – sometimes with fierce resistance from trial lawyers – to get the bill first through the Senate and, earlier this month, the S.C. House. For more than a year, the bill was mired in an obscure House subcommittee, four of whose five members are lawyers.

South Carolina’s current DUI laws contain numerous loopholes that allow accused and convicted drunken drivers to hire lawyers and get quickly back on the roads. Defending drunk drivers in the various courts of appeal and getting them back driving is a booming $100 million-a-year legal business in South Carolina.

South Carolina has one of the highest rates of drunken driving fatalities in the nation. The proposed law is named after Emma Longstreet, a 6-year-old Lexington girl killed by a repeat drunken driving offender in 2012. Since Emma died, drunken drivers have killed more than 500 other South Carolinians.”

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