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CAST Combats DUI and Underage Drinking

DUI charges can be seriousMyrtle Beach is stepping up patrols to combat underage drinking and DUIs this summer.

Area police and community members have teamed up to increase efforts to prevent DUI crashes and underage drinking through the use of education, checkpoints and more training for authorities, according to members of Horry County Community Action for a Safer Tomorrow Coalition (CAST).

CAST announced on Tuesday, since March 1 they have:

  • Held 46 checkpoints
  • 18 saturation patrols
  • Written 322 charges
  • 50 of these charges were for DUI cases

Horry County CAST chairman told Myrtle Beach’s The Sun News, “The prevention, education and community involvement sets it [CAST] aside from any other effort.”

CAST

CAST is composed of law enforcement officers and area police departments including:

  • Aynor Police
  • Coastal Carolina University Police
  • Horry County Police
  • SC Highway Patrol
  • Loris Police
  • North Myrtle Beach Police
  • Surfside Beach Police

The effort also involved representatives from:

  • Horry County School District
  • 911
  • The Solicitor’s Office
  • Project Lighthouse
  • Seahaven
  • Shoreline Behavioral Health Services
  • Trio180i

Horry County Sheriff, Phillip Thompson, summed up the effort by stating, “The more we do together, the better and more effective we are.”

Working Together

The idea to form the coalition to address DUIs came from the use of drug units and organized crime units because both drugs and organized crime do not occur in just one jurisdiction, states Surfside Beach Chief Mike Frederick.

“This is a perfect problem to throw a taskforce at,” Chief Fredericks states. “We cannot be as effective by ourselves as we can with each other. We cannot wall off Surfside Beach and expect it to be as effective. It’s a natural progression.” Chief Frederick continues.

Sgt. Don Causey with the SC Highway Patrol states the cooperation between the agencies and communities members has been the “pinnacle of my career”.

“We all know the tragedies associated with DUIs and it cannot be tolerated. It has to be stopped,” Sgt. Causey states.

CAST used a federal grant received by Horry County officials. The five-year grant is currently in its fourth year. This year is the first full year of implementation, according to Coordinator for Horry County’s CAST Coalition, Jessie Marlowe. Officials received $165,000 to install and implement the program. The funding covers overtime for officers working traffic safety checkpoints or saturation patrols in the prevention of DUI-related crashed and underage drinking.

“This is costing the taxpayers nothing,” Chairman Benton states.

South Carolina DUI Lawyers

The Strom Law Firm represents those charged with DUI and other criminal offenses in Columbia, SC and throughout the state. Our South Carolina DUI Lawyers will question DUI testing techniques to get your charges reduced or dismissed. The Strom Law Firm understands DUIs carry stiff penalties. Call us today for a free consultation. 803.252.4800.

About Pete Strom

Defending criminal charges including drug crimes, DUI, CDV, mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, computer crimes, money laundering, and juvenile crimes, Pete also handles Federal and State investigations. Representing individuals in Civil Matters including Class Actions, Personal Injury, Qui Tam Actions, Defective Products, Nursing Home Neglect, and Professional Licensing Defense cases. Joseph Preston “Pete” Strom, Jr., the managing partner at Strom Law Firm, L.L.C., has been fighting for justice since 1984.

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