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Suspected drunk driving professor apprehended in SC

Suspected drunk driving professor apprehended in SC

An associate professor in South Carolina was recently taken into custody for operating a vehicle while under the influence of intoxicants, an article of The State reported on December 12.

A Kershaw County officer observed a vehicle driving erratically on a highway in Lugoff on December 8. Authorities later identified the vehicle driver as 52-year-old Ronald David Lamie, an associate professor at the Clemson Sandhills Extension facility. Lamie failed a field sobriety test after an officer detected the smell of alcohol inside his vehicle, which is owned by the state. While in custody, a breathalyzer showed Lamie’s BAC was 0.15 percent. Lamie had to sober up before he was allowed to be discharged on a bond.

Unfortunately, drunk driving is one of the leading causes of fatal vehicular accidents in America. If you were harmed by a DUI offender, an attorney may be able to help you obtain the compensation you need for recovery. Call a Columbia attorney at the Goings Law Firm, LLC today by calling (803) 350-9230 to learn more about your options.


Student fatally struck by alleged drunken driver in SC

A college student in South Carolina recently died after being struck by a vehicle driven by a person under the influence of intoxicants, a report of Times Union stated on October 30.

Reports said Coastal Carolina University student Ryan Bielawa, 19, was killed on October 29 after the vehicle hit him around 12:45 a.m. while he was crossing a street near his school. The driver who struck Bielawa reportedly fled the crash scene, but he drove back, where authorities apprehended him. The driver, identified as Edward Lee Washington, is currently facing charges related to the pedestrian accident. A bail worth $51,234 was set on Washington, who is currently booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bielawa was a student athlete in his hometown of Averill Park, N.Y. and was majoring in finance.

The wrongful death attorneys of the Goings Law Firm, LLC in Columbia send their deepest thoughts to the family and friends who are mourning the tragic loss of their loved one.


Driver facing DUI charge in Colleton County fatal accident

A Walterboro-resident driver is facing a driving while under the influence (DUI) charge after he was involved in a recent, fatal accident in Colleton County, live5news.com reported on Oct. 12.

Information coming from authorities revealed that Phillip Crosby, 36, is facing a felony DUI charge after a male passenger in his vehicle died in an accident on October 11. Reports said that at about 3:42 a.m., the vehicle operated by Crosby was flipped after crashing into a tree while in the westbound lane of Mount Carmel Road. The accident reportedly took place after Crosby’s vehicle veered out of its lane. The lone passenger, identified as a 38-year-old man from Ruffin, was pronounced dead at the crash scene while Crosby only sustained minor injuries. Investigating authorities learned that Crosby and his passenger were not wearing seatbelts when the accident occurred.

The lawyers of Goings Law Firm, LLC extend their deepest thoughts to the family and friends who are coping with the sudden loss of their loved one.


Greenwood mayor apprehended for drunk driving

Greenwood mayor David Welborn Adams was recently arrested after authorities accused him of operating a vehicle while under the influence, an article from wistv.com reported on September 20.

On September 19, authorities from the South Carolina Highway Patrol arrested the 49-year-old mayor on Edgefield Street. Mayor Adams was reportedly at a safety checkpoint when he was approached by troopers. Authorities subjected Adams to a field sobriety test after observing he had a strong smell of alcohol. Adams was later taken into Greenwood County Detention facility and a DUI charge was filed against him. Though troopers said Adams had a 0.09 percent blood alcohol level, the mayor insisted that he was not impaired and he is waiting for his blood test results.

Fortunately, no one was reportedly hurt in this recent DUI arrest. However, if you believe that you were injured in an accident caused by a drunk driver in Columbia, a lawyer from the Goings Law Firm, LLC may represent you. Find out how we may possibly help you get your much needed treatment funds from negligent parties today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Fatal vehicular accidents increased in SC

Fatal vehicular accidents in South Carolina increased this year compared to 2013, and intoxicated driving was found to be the leading cause of the deaths, a News 2 article stated on December 12.

According to reports, 2014 has already resulted in more deaths than in 2013–741 deaths in a year no yet over compared to 731 in the entire year previous. In all the recorded fatal vehicular accidents, an estimated 40 percent were caused by drunken drivers. Colonel Michael Oliver of the South Carolina Highway Patrol stated that their personnel often witness the catastrophic results of drunken driving. To reduce such fatal accidents and injuries caused by impaired driving, the state’s public safety department launched a program on December 11 intended to fight intoxicated driving.

If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Columbia, the personal injury lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, LLC, may help you in the pursuit of financial compensation to cover medical costs and other damages. Learn how we may work for you against impaired drivers by calling our offices at (803) 350-9230 today.


Drunk driver pleaded guilty for seriously injuring a student

The drunk driver involved in an accident that seriously injured a teenager in South Carolina recently pleaded guilty to felony DUI, an article on manninglive.com reported October 20.

Reports said Clarence Vaughn, 49, was sentenced to six years imprisonment for seriously injuring the then 16-year-old Brittani Steen in January of 2012. Steen had to undergo surgery after sustaining a collarbone fracture, broken legs, and possible injuries of the liver and spleen. Vaughn will additionally be prohibited from drinking alcohol for the three years of probation he must serve after completing his jail term.

People who are injured in car accidents caused by drunk drivers are sometimes devastated for a long time after the incident. However, if you are in such a situation, an experienced personal injury lawyer may help you pursue irresponsible drivers in order to secure the financial aid you need to recover. Find out how the Columbia-based lawyers at Goings Law Firm, LLC may work for you today by calling (803) 350-9230.


Emma’s Law in South Carolina: Stronger Punishment for DUI Offenders

By: Robert F. Goings

On April 9, 2014, the South Carolina General Assembly passed a state law, referred to as “Emma’s Law,” to create more protection against driving under the influence.  This law is aimed at providing tougher punishment for intoxicated drivers to current South Carolina DUI laws.  While there are several facets of this new law, one of the major changes is the implementation of a statewide Ignition Interlock program.  This law relies on technology to punish, deter, and prevent drunk driving.

Here are some frequently asked questions you may have about Emma’s Law:

What are the effects of Emma’s Law? 

  • First time DUI offenders with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15 or greater are required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for six months.
  • Second time DUI offenders are required to install an ignition interlock device in their vehicle for two years.
  • If a person has two or more DUI convictions and refuses to put an ignition interlock device in his car, then he must turn over the license plates and registration to all vehicles registered to that person.
  • Persons under 21 who refuse a breathalyzer will have their license suspended for six months. If the person under 21 has a previous DUI conviction in the past 3 years, then the suspension for refusing a breathalyzer is one year.

What is an ignition interlock device? 

  • An ignition interlock device is a device installed into a car ignition system that does not allow the car to start if the driver has had any alcohol to drink.
  • When installed, the driver of a car must blow into a breathalyzer every time before starting the car.
  • If the driver has any alcohol in his system, then the car will not start.

Why is the law called “Emma’s Law”?

  • The law is named for Emma Longstreet, a six-year-old girl from Lexington, S.C., who tragically lost her life in an auto-accident caused by a repeat DUI offender.
  • Emma’s parents were instrumental in gathering support for and pushing the bill through the legislature.

When does the law take effect?

  • Gov. Nikki Haley has signed the law, and it will go into effect on October 1, 2014.

Are there potential concerns surrounding interlock devices?

  • Improper calibration of the device
  • Defective installation
  • The interlock device improperly shutting off vehicle.

Contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC for Drunk Driver Accidents in South Carolina

The Goings Law Firm, LLC fully supports any efforts to reduce motor vehicle accidents caused by the recklessness of a drunk or impaired driver.  We hope that Emma’s Law will help to decrease the amount of DUI related accidents that happen on the roadways.  Personal injury attorney help to deter DUI and alcohol related accidents but seeking punitive damages for the victims of these unfortunate accidents.  If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident involving a drunk driver, please contact the us today by calling (803) 350-9230.


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