The Charleston County Sheriffs Office reported a 166% increase in DUI arrests in 2012 as compared to 2011. Officials at the Sheriffs office report that in 2012 the Sheriff's Office Traffic Unit made 117 DUI arrests in 2012 compared to just 44 in 2011.
Capt. Jim Woods believes that the higher number of DUI's can be contributed to the economy. He explains that "a lot of folks are out of work and people are turning to drinking to drown their sorrows so to speak." This increase could also be related to a grant that the Charleston County Sheriffs Office received which pays 2 full-time Deputies to focus solely on catching people who drink and drive.
Deputies report that the main problem areas are I-526, I-26, and Folly Road. It looks like 2013 is already proving to be a year with higher number of DUI arrests than normal. Officials report that 29 DUI arrests have already been made this year by the Charleston County Sheriffs Department. It was also reported by Capt. Woods that the Sheriffs Office supports the use of ignition interlock devices.