7 Things You Should Know About South Carolina’s Texting Ban.
South Carolina finally passed a statewide texting ban on June 9, 2014. Here is what you need to know:
- the ban takes place immediately, but law enforcement officers can only issue warnings for the first 180 days;
- the ban makes it unlawful to “compose, send, or read” all types of electronic messages including texts, instant messages, or emails;
- law enforcement officers must have a “clear and unobstructed view” before they can pull a violator over;
- the penalty is $25.00 for a single violation or a maximum of $50.00 for multiple violations;
- drivers can still use their GPS for navigation purposes;
- a violation is not a crime;
- records of violations are not kept by the SC DMV and can not be reported to the violator’s insurance company;
Click here for the full text of the law.