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January 2020 Archives

Beware the drunk drivers at your next South Carolina festival

Whether you live in South Carolina or travel to Myrtle Beach or other tourist locations in the state for vacation every year, chances are, you encounter traffic while you're here. There are certain times of year when there tends to be more vehicles on the road than others, such as when the annual motorcycle rallies or other public festivals take place. Whether you're a full-time resident or visitor, such festivals can be fun and memorable.

Reasons sorting out multi-car accidents is difficult

South Carolina residents who have seen a multi-car accident understand how devastating these collisions can be. The largest multi-car accident in the U.S. history involved 194 cars and spread over 2 miles. Thankfully, that accident did not lead to fatalities. However, determining who was at fault was likely a challenge.

Red light cameras save lives and prevent accidents

Drivers in South Carolina and around the country often react angrily when municipalities announce plans to install red light cameras despite clear evidence showing that the devices save lives. Many motorists believe red light cameras are used to generate revenue and not prevent accidents, and fierce opposition to the devices has led to them being removed in many parts of the country. In 2012, 533 cities and towns in the United States used red light cameras. That number has since fallen to 421.

Why Miranda rights are important

Many people in South Carolina know of their Miranda rights from watching television shows in which the famous warning is depicted at the scene of an arrest. However, people may be less certain about how these warnings carry over into real life and how it may affect their rights in a criminal case if the police fail to provide them with the appropriate warning. When police arrest someone on allegations of a crime, they must present the necessary warnings, which include telling the person that they have the right to remain silent, that their words could later be used against them in court, that they have the right to a lawyer and that a lawyer can be appointed for people who cannot afford to pay.

Car safety systems that actually lead to distracted driving

Systems that have been designed to make driving easier and safer may actually be putting drivers at risk. Touchscreens, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control can lull South Carolina drivers into letting their guard down, which can lead to serious accidents. The solution is not necessarily getting rid of these systems: It is teaching drivers how to use them properly.

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