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Curb Distracted Driving

Distracted Driving

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 single infraction.
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