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Kershaw County DUI arrests and alcohol violations increase in 2013


The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office says DUI arrests and alcohol violations increased in 2013 from the previous year.

The sheriff's office released its activity report for the traffic unit Thursday.  According to the report, deputies made 138 arrests for DUI in 2013, compared to 112 in 2012.  Tickets for alcohol violations increased to 345, up from 274 in 2012.

"We are concentrating on the violations that cause fatalities and potentially disabling injuries," said Sheriff James Matthews. "We're not trying to break someone's bank.  We're trying to change driving behavior.  We are trying to save lives."

Matthews said deputies are looking for violations that are normally handled by the South Carolina Highway Patrol, because a shortage in troopers has left Kershaw County understaffed.

Among other violations:

  • Driving Under Suspension 465
  • Seatbelt violations 1,239
  • Child restraint 34
  • Speeding (15+over limit) 2,754
  • Warning tickets issued 5,251

Deputies also made 373 arrests on drug charges and 19 arrests on illegal weapons charges. Two stolen cars were recovered.  Deputies arrested 70 fugitives.

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