Texting and Driving Ban Passes House and Senate, Goes to Governor
After a long struggle and an 11th-hour compromise, South Carolina lawmakers have overwhelmingly passed a ban on texting and driving, making SC the 44th state to pass such legislation.
On Wednesday, June 4th, the House passed the texting and driving ban 94-2, while the Senate passed the new legislation 42-2. Under the compromise texting and driving legislation, drivers who violate the law would not receive any penalty points on their licenses, but would face fines starting at $25. Texting and driving is dangerous and can result in an accident.
The use of GPS for navigation and texting emergency services in the event of an accident are permitted, according to the new law. Police officers would also be prohibited from confiscating or viewing drivers’ cellphones when they pulled someone over for texting and driving.
A “training period” of 180 days will go into effect once the texting and driving ban is signed into law, during which time police will issue warnings rather than tickets. The ban supersedes local ordinances, passed in 19 townships and cities across South Carolina, that regulate texting and driving differently from the statewide ban, including higher fines or points deducted from drivers’ licenses.
“The ban will help protect the people of South Carolina, clear up confusing and irregular local regulations and make our roads safer around the state,” Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden, said.
“Without a doubt, this is a great day for the lives of all drivers and passengers in South Carolina,” said Sen. Luke Rankin, R-Conway. “Finally we catch up with the rest of the country in acknowledging a white-and-black reality – texting while driving kills.”
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.