Senate Subcommittee Approves Texting and Driving Ban
On Thursday, February 20th, a subcommittee in the South Carolina Senate passed an agreement that stated South Carolina drivers should be subject to a statewide ban on texting and driving.
Bans on texting and driving have passed local governments across the state. Now, state legislators are looking to enforce a ban on texting and driving across the South Carolina.
The bill, S. 416A, created multiple levels of offenses. First offense texting and driving would be a fine of $100, up to 30 days in jail and two points on an offender’s driver’s license; a second texting and driving offense would mean a fine of $500, possible jail time and four points on a driver’s license – meaning the driver’s vehicle insurance rate would shoot up.
Another bill, S. 459, would prohibit drivers with beginner’s permits or restricted licenses from talking on the phone, as well as texting and driving.
Many details of the bill still need to be hashed out, including how police will enforce the ban.
However, this is the first time a texting and driving ban has passed any level of the state Senate or House. “There’s more focus to get it done,” said Sen. Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, in an interview. “A lot of municipalities have started to implement their own bans and prohibitions … Those bans are different, so depending on where you’re driving, you can have different laws on the same trip. That’s not good for anybody. So I think there is more momentum now.”
Both bills will now go before the full Senate Judiciary Committee.
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.