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Lexington police urges parents to monitor and talk with teen drivers as New Year holiday approaches

Lexington, SC 12/29/2021 (Paul Kirby) – Officers with the Lexington Police Department are urging parents to closely monitor and talk with their teen drivers after the recent arrest of a 17-year-old who was speeding and drinking while operating a vehicle. It is the hope of the department that parents’ vigilance can prevent their teen drivers from making mistakes that could cost them their license, a jail or prison term, or their lives.

The Lexington Police Department has been participating the SC Department of Public Safety’s (SCDPS) Sober or Slammer campaign again this year. That zero tolerance for intoxicated drivers program focuses on drivers’ behavior during the times of the year that South Carolina sees the most collisions and traffic fatalities due to operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The 2021 holiday campaign continues through New Year's Day.

Over the past weekend, Lexington officers made another Driving Under the Influence arrest. According to police, on Saturday night, an officer of the department’s Traffic Safety Unit stopped a 17-year-old driver who was travelling 70 mph in a 40-mph zone. Both the driver and his 17-year-old passenger had been drinking alcohol. They were also in possession of beer at the time of the traffic stop.

The Lexington officer detected the presence of the alcohol, preformed the necessary field sobriety test, and then arrested the driver under the DUI Zero Tolerance policy. Both teens were also given citations for Minor in Possession of Beer. Due to their age, they were turned over to their parents with a custodial promise to have them appear in court at a later date.

With this arrest, police have decided to remind parents to talk with their children about making smart and sober choices. This is especially important as the New Years holiday weekend approaches.


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