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South Carolina Looking to Crack Down on Distracted Driving

February 06, 2019

SOUTH CAROLINA – The state of South Carolina is looking to crack down on distracted driving, according to an online news report published at The State House is currently considering a proposed law that would prohibit use of cell phones while driving on South Carolina roads.* 

Current law in South Carolina already prohibits texting while driving, but the new law would take things further. Drivers would not be allowed to hold their phones or other electronic devices when behind the wheel. Drivers would be able to use one-touch technology for things like phone calls and music, and the rest of the time, they need to use hands-free technology.

Many residents of Charleston, South Carolina, are in favor of the bill because they know texting while driving is a large problem in the state.

“It’s crazy,” said resident Ik Jumani. “I’ve even almost been in a wreck with somebody almost rear-ending me … while they were texting. You could see them with the phone in their hand.” 

A lot of state lawmakers and police are in agreement that the current texting ban is not strong enough to solve the problem. This is in large part because the law requires that a driver first be pulled over for another offense. Police cannot stop someone solely for texting while driving. And even if officers do pull someone over for another offense, they cannot ticket the driver for texting unless the driver admits to texting while driving. 

Others worry that the law would disadvantage numerous people in the state who do not have newer vehicles with hands-free technology or who cannot afford to buy Bluetooth devices. 

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