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Is underage drinking being encouraged in alcohol advertising?

According to a recent survey, alcoholic beverages that are popular with underage drinkers are heavily advertised to young people in the magazines they like to read. According to the study, advertising seen by those who are under the age of 21 could be encouraging them to engage in underage drinking activities. The research was published in this month's edition of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

According to the man who led the research, the ads they reviewed were in compliance self-regulatory guidelines that apply to alcohol-related advertisements. The voluntary standards state that ads for alcohol must not be featured in magazines more than 30 percent of the readership is under the age of 21.

Shoplifting and drug charged for 4 South Carolina men

A shoplifting arrest at a Wal-Mart led to drug and other charges for four South Carolina men. Law enforcement officers in Covington, Georgia, say that the men were trying to steal gaming cards valued at almost $1,000.

Three of the four men were still in the store at about 2 a.m., when law enforcement arrived. According to the store’s website, it is open around the clock. However, one of the men allegedly ran out of the store when a Wal-Mart employee confronted him. When a sheriff’s deputy located him in a wooded area, he allegedly admitted to taking over $900 worth of cards. According to police reports, he had 136 cards.

South Carolina authorities increase DUI patrols for 4th of July

During the Fourth of July weekend, South Carolina authorities plan to step up their DUI, speeding and traffic patrols and perhaps for good reason. AAA predicts that 2014 will be the busiest Fourth of July in over 13 years. According to AAA, during the holiday travel period of July 2 through July 6, some of the most popular travel destinations for drivers in this region include: Orlando, Myrtle Beach, Nashville, Charleston, Washington and Greenville.

Traffic experts and law enforcement are concerned that fireworks celebrations on Friday and Saturday could increase the presence of drunk drivers. Authorities are therefore asking that drivers be careful when getting behind the wheel and realize that even if one is sober, there will be other drunk drivers on the road.

Drugged driving kills man, sends teen to prison

A South Carolina teen is facing punishment for a fatal car accident he caused in July 2012. The 18-year-old could face up to six years in prison for reckless homicide caused by drugged driving.

The teen was traveling on Highway 101 in the early morning hours when he crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle head-on. The driver, a 40-year-old man, died after he was trapped inside. The teen was hospitalized after suffering injuries in the crash.

South Carolina man charged with DUI after fatal crash

A South Carolina man from Clinton has been charged in a fatal motor vehicle accident that ended in a 16-year-old girl's death. South Carolina troopers say that the tragic incident occurred along Interstate 26 at approximately 12:50 a.m. on a recent Sunday. Troopers further allege that a 23-year-old man, who they say was driving the vehicle the girl was in, was driving under the influence at the time the fatal accident occurred.

Both the man and the girl were ejected out of the vehicle and, neither of them had been using seat belts, according to police. They were taken to the hospital and while the young man survived, the teenager died. Miraculously, another passenger who had been riding in the vehicle survived unharmed.

Man accused of drunk driving in fatal car accident

A South Carolina man was recently killed in his yard by an allegedly drunk motorist in Florence County. The suspected drunk driving incident happened at approximately 6:30 p.m. on a recent Thursday evening while the victim was mowing his yard. According to the county coroner, the driver allegedly crossed the centerline of traffic before flying into the man's yard and hitting.

The victim succumbed to his injuries at the accident scene. He was 35 years old. According to South Carolina troopers, the 28-year-old man that hit him will face charges of driving under the influence in a fatal accident. He will also face charges of child endangerment. As of last reports, the defendant was being held at the detention center in Florence County.

26-year-old man accused of speeding to evade police

A South Carolina motorcyclist has been arrested after he allegedly shared a YouTube video of himself escaping police who were trying to pull him over. The hair-raising video, which was posted last month, at no time shows the man's face. Nevertheless, it does show a motorcyclist's view of passing police cars at breakneck speeds. The speeding ticket and other criminal violations the man has been charged with are serious and could end in stiff punishments if he is convicted.

The speedometer is visible at times during the video showing maximum speeds of 115 mph. It also shows the biker crossing double yellow lines into opposing lanes of traffic. Eventually, the man appears to have completely escaped the police.

South Carolina bill for school bus cameras advances to House

In South Carolina, a bill was introduced by a senator and then largely ignored for a few months, stalling out in the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill, which is known as SB 718, is aimed at utilizing cameras on the stop-arms that school buses use to tell other cars to stop while they are unloading or picking up children. Under this bill, if violations were caught on camera, the police could then use that to track down the drivers and prosecute them.

As the law stands currently, an officer has to see a motorist break these laws in person if they are going to give them a ticket.

Respected paramedic charged with drunk driving after RV wreck

A former emergency responder is accused of criminal violations after he allegedly crashed his recreational vehicle while driving under the influence. The South Carolina man is accused of drunk driving in connection with the wreck, which reportedly occurred on Highway 200. The wreck was so severe that it led to the man's RV becoming airborne and then crashing into a ditch.

The man had been a highly regarded paramedic in Lancaster County for nearly three decades. He retired a couple years ago, just after criminal charges were filed against him in connection with theft of a controlled substance. The man was accused of taking 10 vials of morphine from a cabinet inside the EMS office. That case was dismissed.

South Carolina lawmakers consider texting traffic citation bills

South Carolina is one of just two states that does not have any laws limiting the use of mobile technology while driving. Now, an initiative that would lead to a statewide texting ban or motorists in South Carolina is gaining additional traction with the support of the state's beauty queens. Miss South Carolina 2013 has visited the state legislature to publicize her pledge to avoid texting while driving. That woman, Brooke Mosteller, is also actively promoting a statewide texting ban.

Just because the state has been largely silent about cellphone bans does not mean that individual regions have not passed their own measures. It is possible to receive a traffic citation for cellphone use in municipalities including Greenville, Charleston and Columbia. Although these jurisdictions' attempts are laudable, some advocates say it makes more sense to institute a statewide ban instead of requiring drivers to keep track of the law during the course of a car ride.

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