Sheriff Says Impaired Driving Caused Majority of Lexington County’s 2011 Fatal Crashes

With 52 traffic fatalities last year, Lexington County had the second worst highway safety record in South Carolina during 2011, Sheriff James Metts told Columbia-based WIS-TV. Sheriff Metts estimated that 60 percent of those deadly auto accidents involved drivers who were impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“We had more deaths in Lexington County last year by vehicle than we had by any other means,” he said in the recent report. Sheriff Metts called on lawmakers to increase funding for law enforcement, including more State Troopers to crack down on drunk driving in South Carolina. We have reported here before about South Carolina’s trooper shortage and efforts to increase the number of officers patrolling the state’s roads.

Law enforcement and victims’ families also urged state lawmakers to increase the penalties for driving under the influence and to make it easier to get convictions for motorists charged with DUI. In the meantime, Sheriff Metts said deputies will step up their efforts to target impaired drivers in Lexington County.

The Columbia drunk driving auto accident attorneys at the Louthian Law Firm, P.A.,support law enforcement’s efforts to crack down on impaired drivers, and we also ask state government to restore the number of State Troopers on patrol. In addition, we are committed to seeking justice for people who were injured by impaired drivers and for the families of drunk driving victims.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a drunk driving traffic accident in Lexington County or elsewhere in South Carolina, you should speak with an experienced Columbia personal injury attorney such as the ones at the Louthian Law Firm, P.A., as soon as possible. We have represented the rights of accident victims since 1959, and we’re committed to providing personalized service to you while aggressively pursuing negligent motorists. Because we understand how financially devastating an accident can be, we charge you nothing until you have recovered compensation for your damages.

For a free consultation, call the South Carolina auto accident lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm, P.A., today. Toll free: (866) 454-1200. Locally: (803) 454-1200. You can also fill out our confidential online case evaluation form.