Officer recognized for dedication

Derik Vanderford Staff Writer

September 6, 2013

UNION COUNTY — The Union County Sheriff’s Office has announced that Deputy Brandon Vaughan was the recipient of the 2013 South Carolina Law Enforcement Network (SCLEN) DUI Challenge award for the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Vaughan received this award during a ceremony held with other members of the SCLEN on Aug. 27 in York. The award was presented in recognition of Vaughan’s dedication to traffic safety and enforcement.

Vaughan said his mission is to make the roads safer, cutting down on fatalities and wrecks.

“That’s what the saturation is for,” Vaughan explaining some of his training in DUI detection. “I patrol the whole county; I don’t just stay on the bypass. I do rural roads because that’s where most of our accidents are.”

Sheriff David Taylor said Vaughan has gotten 20 drunk drivers off the highway this year in Union County.

“Brandon has done an excellent job this year on catching drunk drivers on our county roadways,” Taylor said. “People need to realize the danger they impose on our roadways when they get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.”

Vaughan also had advice for drivers.

“If you do go out and drink, always have a responsible driver because it could cost you a lot more to take that chance,” he said. “It could cost you your life, or it could cost someone else their life.”