Tougher DUI standard now law in South Carolina

| Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Gov. Mark Sanford signed into law a bill that lowers the legal blood-alcohol limit for drunken driving convictions in South Carolina from 0.10 percent to 0.08.

If the Legislature had failed to pass the bill, the state stood to lose about $63 million in federal highway aid during the next four years, according to local media.

H3231 allows police to set up roadblocks to look for drunken drivers. It also makes it easier to prosecute DUI cases.

Previously, a prosecutor was required to prove a driver was impaired even if his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit, The State newspaper recently reported. The new law allows a jury to convict someone of drunken driving exclusively on blood-alcohol levels. It will go into effect Aug. 19.

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