Nine drivers were charged with being impaired at checkpoints in York County during the holiday weekend, authorities say.
Nearly 50 drivers were arrested or cited this weekend during multi-jurisdictional enforcement check points, which included the York and Clover police departments, said York County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Mike Baker.
Nine drivers were charged with driving under the influence, which is fewer than previous years, Baker said.
“We were encouraged by the number of people with designated drivers or taking cabs,” he said. “We felt some of the warnings about drinking and driving were being heeded.”
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Officers also cited 13 drivers for equipment violations, six for driving under suspension and six for not having driver’s licenses. Two were charged in drug-related offenses.
Three citations were issued for alcohol law violations and another three for child restraint violations. Citations were also written moving and non-moving violations.
These public safety checkpoints were organized by the York County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the Rock Hill Police Department, Tega Cay Police Department, Clover Police Department, York Police Department and State Constables.