City of Greer Bans Texting and Driving
The city of Greer, SC is the latest municipality in the state to ban texting and driving.
On the evening of Tuesday, April 22nd, passed a measure to prevent drivers from composing, reading, or sending text messages while in a moving vehicle. The vote passed 5-2.
The texting and driving ban goes into effect on July 1st, and will be considered a misdemeanor, with a penalty of $100 or 30 days in jail.
City Spokesman Steve Owens said that the ban still allows drivers to text while they are pulled over. The ban specified that the vehicle cannot be in motion.
Bans on texting and driving are growing in popularity all over the state. A measure to ban mobile phone use is also moving through the state legislature – on Wednesday, April 9th, the South Carolina Senate passed a state-wide texting and driving ban 38-2. The bill would levy fines against drivers starting at $75 – more lenient than several local bans passed across the state – and would penalize drivers with one point from their licenses. The legislation also bans texting and driving as well as other cell phone use from drivers with a learner’s permit or a restricted license.
The state House of Representatives passed a different piece of texting and driving legislation 97-16. The texting and driving ban would fine drivers only $25 for the first offense and would not remove any points from the driver’s license.
The Greer texting and driving ban also does not prohibit talking on a cell phone while in a moving vehicle – it only bans writing on a cell phone or smart phone, as that takes the driver’s eyes off the road.
South Carolina is one of the few states in the US that does not yet have a state-wide texting and driving ban.
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.