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Laurens County Prevention Coalition Targets DUIs

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LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. -

Dennis Nabors tells us he's called highway patrol several times after spotting drunk drivers swerving on the roads.

"I've seen some close calls and I've seen some terrible wrecks," Nabors said.

And Nabors isn't alone.  Laurens county has one of the highest rates of DUIs in the state.

To make the roads safer the county received a state grant to start the Laurens county prevention coalition involving the sheriffs office, a local counseling center, and local police.

"Our goal is to have at least two weekends a month an officer as well as several others specifically looking for DUIs," Ted Richardson with the Laurens County Sheriffs office said.

Deputies say its paying off.

In 2012 there were 250 DUI arrests.

So far this year there have already been more than 200 DUI arrests.

"People in the county didn't think they'd be caught," Amanda Prince with Gateway Counseling Center said.

A perception Prince says is changing.

Gateway counsels DUI offenders. Law enforcement uses information from these offenders to target where, when, and who may be most likely to drive drunk.

"We knew the day of week was Friday the time of day was 9pm to midnight and we knew it was white males," Prince said.

All information deputies say has helped save lives.

In 2012 there were 11 fatal accidents involving alcohol in Laurens county.

This year there have been none.

"I've seen the highway patrol,and the city of Laurens and Clinton cracking down having DUI checks late at night and its a good thing to see that," Nabors said.

Dennis Nabors hopes the fear of getting caught will be enough to make people think twice before driving drunk.

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