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Failing to dim headlights nets a DUI charge for an SC driver.
An officer of the Eutawville, South Carolina Police Department stopped an Orangeburg, SC man on March 23 at 11:00 p.m. after he failed to dim his headlights. According to the incident report, after the officer advised the driver as to why he was pulled over the driver activated his windshield wiper and window wash twice, apparently attempting to dim the headlights.
The officer showed the man the headlight switch and he then dimmed his lights. At this point the officer suspected the man was driving under the influence (DUI). The driver said he had consumed “a few beers about three hours before being stopped,” according to the police incident report. The officer asked him to rate his level of intoxication on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being stone-cold sober and 10 being falling-down-drunk. The driver said it was a 6.
As part of the DUI investigation, the officer advised the driver he would like him to complete some field sobriety tests, and the man agreed to do so. According to the incident report, the driver failed these tests and was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). He was taken to the police station where he was asked to take a breath test.
Pursuant to S.C. Code section 56-5-4780, a South Carolina driver must turn off his "high beams" when within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle. Not doing so is reason for an officer to pull you over. Also, in this DUI arrest the officer asked the driver about his "drunk scale." This is becoming a very common question asked in DUI stops, either at the DUI arrest site or in the DUI breath test room. Remember, like any other question asked of you by police in DUI or any other criminal investigations, you have the right not to answer it.
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Source: The Times and Democrat, Man Charged With DUI After Failing to Dim Lights