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Texting and Driving Ban Heads for House

SC Texting and Driving Ban Heads to House for Vote

texting and drivingA bill that would ban texting and driving for all drivers in South Carolina received some edits from a Senate committee on Tuesday, May 13th, and will now head back to the House of Representatives for a vote.

The original Senate bill banned texting and driving only for drivers with beginner’s permits, or those with restricted licenses. It also proposed to ban all hand-held cell phone use for drivers in school zones, which included texting and talking.

However, a Senate committee took out the school zone provision, and expanded the ban on texting and driving to all drivers, not just specific license types. Now, the bill will head back to the House for a vote.

Rep. Joe Daning, R-Goose Creek,said of the texting and driving legislation. “I was coming up the Interstate today and a guy just flew past me and he’s texting. And I look at him going in the distance and he’s just weaving all over the place. If you’re on a two-lane road, you’re gonna hit somebody.”

The bill is expected to pass a vote in the House. Once the House passes the bill, it will head to a conference committee of three House members and three senators, who will draft the final version of the texting and driving ban.

South Carolina is one of the few states that has not passed texting and driving legislation. However, the idea has become more popular across the state in the last year as local governments passed their own specific texting and driving bans.

Distracted Driving, Including Texting and Driving, in South Carolina

Distracted driving includes:

  • talking on a cell phone

  • eating and drinking

  • talking to passengers

  • grooming or putting on makeup

  • reading books, newspapers, or even a map

  • using a PDA or navigation system

  • watching a video or playing on a computer or tablet

  • playing with the radio, a CD or an iPod

  • texting or writing emails

  • checking social media

It’s a common occurrence to see distracted drivers cruising down South Carolina roads and interstates.  Whether the distraction is eating, putting on makeup, talking on a cellphone, or even just daydreaming, the effects of distracted driving can lead to an accident, resulting in life altering and even deadly consequences.

The Strom Law Firm Helps Those Injured by Distracted Drivers, Including Texting and Driving

If you have been injured by a distracted driver, the South Carolina accident attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, L.L.C. will fight for fair compensation for your injuries. Our South Carolina car accident lawyers are prepared to fight for compensation in the courtroom and will defend your right to compensation for your past and future medical bills, lost wages and future earnings, your pain and suffering, and, in the event of a fatal car accident, even wrongful death. Our attorneys offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your personal injury case for distracted driving, so contact us today. 803.252.4800.

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