JULY 1, 2020


This Independence Day, Florence County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement campaign. During the July 4 holiday weekend (6:00 PM July 3 to 5:59 AM July 5) law enforcement in our area will work to put an end to drunk driving. In support of our dedication to protecting the lives of residents of and visitors to Florence County, you will see increased traffic enforcement on the roads with a zero tolerance for those who choose to drive impaired.

“Our deputies will be out in force this holiday weekend enforcing the traffic laws in an effort to reduce alcohol related accidents and fatalities.” Sheriff Billy Barnes stated. “These tragic accidents are 100 percent preventable. It’s simple. If you drink, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a friend or even a cab, but don’t get behind the wheel and risk arrest, or even worse, injuring or killing someone else.”

In addition, South Carolina has a “Zero Tolerance” when it comes to the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21. Under this law, anyone under age with any measurable amount of alcohol in their system while operating a motor vehicle breaks the law. Motorists can also report suspected driving under the influence by calling *HP or Emergency 911.

“Sadly, many people think driving impaired is no big deal,” said Sheriff Barnes. “But the consequences are serious. If we catch you driving under the influence, we will arrest you and charge you with DUI. That DUI will follow you for the rest of your life. Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you, your passengers and everyone else on the road. If you are heading to parties this Fourth of July weekend, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!”

Major Michael M. Nunn
General Counsel/P.I.O.