city of greenville sc
On Monday, June 9, Governor Haley signed the state’s bill banning writing, sending
or reading text-based messages (i.e. text, SMS, e-mail and instant message) while
driving into law. The law, which took effect upon Governor Haley’s signature, replaces
bans passed by cities and counties (including Greenville’s) and creates consistency
across South Carolina.
Under the state law, drivers are allowed to talk on the phone
and use a GPS device while driving. Additionally, the state law allows drivers to
text if they are parked, stopped at a stop sign/red light or using a hands-free
device. Drivers have a 180-day grace period during which only warnings will be issued.
After the grace period, drivers who violate the law can be fined up to $25 for a
View State Texting Law