MADD, S.C. Dept. of Probation, Parole and Pardon announce new DUI law


Beginning Monday, May 19, the "All Offender Law" will go into effect.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) South Carolina and the South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS) held a press conference on Friday, May 17,  at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention announcing the law which requires all drivers convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) -- regardless of their Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) -- to participate in the Ignition Interlock Device (I.I.D.) program. Previously, participation was optional for DUI first offenses with a BAC below .15.

The South Carolina Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services oversees the participation of drivers in the Ignition Interlock Device (I.I.D.) program. The new legislation was signed into law by S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster in July of 2023.

“PPP remains committed to protecting the public, and we are hopeful that this new law will have a tremendous impact in reducing DUI traffic fatalities,” said SCDPPPS Acting Director Jodi Gallman.

”We are so excited to see this strengthened interlock law finally go into effect,” said MADD Regional Executive Director Steven Burritt.  “This was our number one legislative priority for years and is badly needed as we’re seeing drunk driving deaths rise dramatically.  This will save many lives every year.” 

Data provided by South Carolina Department of Public Safety shows that in 2023, there were 5,319 collisions in South Carolina investigated and determined to involve alcohol or drugs. Of those, 367 people were killed and 3,372 individuals were injured. 

"In my more than 35 years of law enforcement, it’s been my experience that even our best efforts to convince the motoring public of extreme dangers and tragic consequences of impaired driving too often fall short,” said SCDPS Director Robert G. Woods IV. “We know the law alone won’t solve the DUI problem, but we are encouraged that the ignition interlock requirement for more offenders will be the much needed deterrent needed to aid us in our efforts.”

The intent and purpose of the I.I.D. program is to protect the public by requiring certain drivers who have committed alcohol-related driving offenses to have a Breath Alcohol Ignition Interlock Device installed in any vehicle they drive. The Program allows those individuals to drive legally while preventing them from driving after drinking alcohol.

There are currently 1,185 driver participants in the Ignition Interlock Device Program, whose driving activity is monitored by SCDPPPS. It is estimated that the new “All Offender Law” will significantly increase the number of drivers in the program. In 2022 alone Interlock Devices prevented more than 2,800 engine starts with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Watch a clip explaining the use of an ignition interlock device:

For more information on Mothers Against Drunk Driving South Carolina and the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services, visit the following websites: