DUI surcharge raises $1million+ for spinal cord injury research

(Charleston-AP) Feb. 24, 2003 - A state fund set up for spinal cord injury research has collected $1.4 million in a little more than two years with fines paid by South Carolina's drunken drivers.

The General Assembly established the Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund in July 2000 in response to the state's high rate of spinal cord injuries.

Lawmakers added a $100 surcharge on DUI convictions, with that money going into the research fund.

The money goes to all three of the state's research institutions.

posted 8:25am by Chris Rees