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Should you give permission for police to search your vehicle?

Imagine you are stopped for speeding. After the officer returns your driver's license and possibly gives you a ticket, he or she asks to search your vehicle. Do you know what your rights are?

In this situation, you have the right to tell the officer no -- even if you have nothing to hide in your vehicle. Why should you do this? Here are five reasons why you should not give police permission to search your vehicle.

What to do in the event of a fatal accident

It does not matter if you are one of our South Carolina readers or live in another part of the country, every time you leave your home, either in a vehicle or as a pedestrian, there is a chance that you could be involved in an accident. The same holds true for loved ones, including family and friends.

In the event that a family member is involved in a fatal accident, there are steps you can take to improve your mental state during the grieving process.

South Carolina man killed in head-on crash

A 29-year-old Bluffton, South Carolina, man was fatally struck at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 by a wrong-way driver, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. A young child riding with him in his vehicle was injured.

The crash occurred on S.C. 170 near the Bluffton Parkway intersection. The victim was driving eastbound when he was hit by a vehicle driving westbound in his lane, according to authorities. Even though he was wearing a seat belt, he was declared dead at the accident scene shortly after midnight.

Drunk driving stats show why injuries, deaths occur

A car accident can happen for a number of reasons, with drunk driving being one of the most common causes. Drunk driving accidents occur in every state throughout the country, including South Carolina. There are many statistics that show how serious drunk driving is, as well as why this problem continues to plague the entire country.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving has compiled a variety of statistics related to drinking and driving, many of which show the risks associated with this activity:

Former South Carolina state representative facing federal charges

There are dozens of jokes about politicians, but the following case is certainly no laughing matter. Thad Viers, who served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for nine years, has been indicted on more than a dozen federal charges, all related to allegedly helping a man hide assets from an insurance company in 2011.

This isn't the first time that the former lawmaker has been in trouble with the law. In 2012, he was arrested on charges of harassment, which led to him dropping out of the election race for the U.S. House.

DUI convictions can be hard to get in South Carolina, report says

A recent report came out claiming that it is actually quite difficult for the police officers in South Carolina to get any convictions for those who have been accused of driving under the influence. Anyone who has been accused and who is facing drunk driving charges needs to know how the local laws work, especially if they plan to fight the charges.

To back up this claim, the report told the story of a woman in Charleston who may have been driving while intoxicated. Apparently, she drove up in front of a hotel, near the valet area, but she did not want the valet to take her car. She told the workers that she wanted to buy ice cream.

Myrtle Beach man admits to cooking meth, starting fire

A recent fire at an apartment complex in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was apparently caused by a man who was trying to cook methamphetamine. According to Myrtle Beach police reports, the 31-year-old man told police that since everyone was sleeping in the apartment, he decided to attempt to cook meth in a soft drink bottle. He added the chemicals to the bottle, shaking it to mix it all together.

The man allegedly was adding water to the meth-in-progress when it caught fire. He tossed the bottle out of the apartment window. It apparently caught some part of the building on fire because police had responded to a structure fire on 1st Avenue North.

1 killed, 1 injured in South Carolina vehicle accident

Nobody wants to hear about a fatal accident on the roadway, however, these are common throughout every part of the United States. Every day in the state of South Carolina, there are many vehicle accidents. While some are minor, with everybody walking away uninjured, others are much more serious.

A fatal accident on Interstate 26 took the life of one person. Additionally, another person, driving in a separate vehicle, was injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment. According to the Orangeburg County Chief Deputy Coroner, a 55-year-old man from South Carolina was killed as the result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Fatal accident on South Carolina lake kills 21-year-old student

A day on Lake Marion is a day that should be lots of fun, as long as all the boaters on the lake pay attention to other boaters sharing the lake with them. Sadly, boating wrecks do happen. Those wrecks can be very serious and can lead to death. That is exactly what happened in a boat crash that happened at the beginning of the month on Lake Marion.

The fatal accident happened at around 12:30 on a Friday morning, when two couples were sitting in a boat that was idling on the lake. A boat that was speeding on the lake slammed into the idling boat. One of the women on the boat was taken to a local hospital but succumbed to her injuries. It isn't clear if other injuries were suffered in the accident. While no charges have been filed yet, the Department of Natural Resources is investigating the accident.

Myrtle Beach making more drunk driving arrests in 2014

Despite the fact that nobody wants to be arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, this is a problem that many people face every year. In the event that somebody makes the poor decision to drink and drive, the chance of being arrested is very real.

Now that the Myrtle Beach Police Department Traffic Division has published it mid-year report, it is easy to see that drunk driving arrests throughout the area have increased over the past year.

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