ECHO- Empowering Communities for Healthy Outcomes

ECHO- Empowering Communities for Healthy Outcomes

Vision Statement:  To eliminate impaired driving through detection and education.

Mission Statement:  To empower Barnwell County for healthy outcomes by addressing local concerns including abused substances which result in impaired driving.

Why focus on Impaired Driving?

  • January 2017- May 2017 Local Law Enforcement in collaboration with SC Highway Patrol have charged 36 persons with DUI
  • Drunk /impaired driving is a 100% preventable crime.
  • Every 51 minutes on average, someone is killed by a drunk / impaired driver.
  • Every two minutes, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime.
  • Every day, 28 people are killed by drunk / impaired drivers.

SC MADD data:

  • Americans take 233 billion trips in cars each year. Of those, about one out of every two thousand trips are taken by those who are driving under the influence of alcohol. Yet, almost one out of every three traffic deaths involve drunk driving.
    So a proportionally tiny amount of bad behavior is one of the major causes of death and injury on our roadways.
  • About one-third of the drunk driving problem – arrests, crashes, deaths, and injuries – comes from repeat offenders. At any given point we potentially share the roads with 2 million people with three or more drunk driving offenses. Taking away their licenses isn’t enough; 50-75% of them drive anyway. This is why we need to require ignition interlocks for all drunk driving offenders – we can stop these offenders before they repeat their crimes.
  • Two-thirds of the drunk driving problem comes from people who, before they kill or injure themselves or others, have yet to be arrested. That’s why we need to support law enforcement to help deter drunk drivers through proven solutions like sobriety checkpoints.
    The Axis I Center needs your help to eliminate impaired driving – please join us in the fight against drunk / impaired driving.

 Pam Rush, ECHO Coordinator

In June 2015, DAODAS received a five-year “Partnership for Success” grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The grant is funding a new project – Empowering Communities for Healthy Outcomes (ECHO) – that specifically addresses prescription drug abuse/misuse among ages 12 to 25 and impaired driving. The resulting increase in capacity, however, will benefit communities’ ability to address a wide range of local concerns.

DAODAS is funding nine high-need counties to reduce their rates of prescription drug abuse/misuse and impaired driving:

Non-Medical Use/Abuse of Prescription Drugs (Ages 12-25)

  • Berkeley Country
  • Darlington County
  • Dorchester County
  • Greenville Country

Impaired Driving

  • Barnwell County
  • Chester County
  • Jasper County
  • Marlboro County
  • Orangeburg County

Echo is intended to implement evidence-based environmental strategies to reduce alcohol and drug impaired driving and its harmful consequences across the life span.

The Echo model, which includes community coalition maintenance and development merchant education and law enforcement partnerships and other community partners to:

  • Reduce impaired driving utilizing high visibility safety checkpoints, saturation patrols and
  • build community support for enforcement of South Carolina laws related to impaired driving through media, advocacy and coalition development
  • Providision of research based merchant education
  • Develop local law enforcement effort.
Barnwell Police DepartmentBlackville Police DepartmentWilliston Police Department
Barnwell Sheriff's OfficeSC Highway Patrol, Troop 7Barnwell County Department of Social Services
Local School DistrictsBarnwell People SentinelAxis I Center of Barnwell
Barnwell County Detention CenterBarnwell Coroner's Office2nd Judicial Circuit Alcohol Enforcement Team

For more information about ECHO please contact Pam Rush, ECHO Coordinator, 803.541.1245