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GHSA News Release

June 11, 2014

Contact: Kara Macek, 202-789-0942, x140

South Carolina Bans Texting and Driving

44th State to Prohibit Risky Behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C.—On Monday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley made the Palmetto state the 44th to prohibit texting while behind the wheel for all drivers. The law goes into effect immediately, but police will issue warning for the first 180 days.

Like most other states with texting bans, South Carolina treats the practice as a primary offense, meaning law enforcement can issue citations when they observe the infraction. Fines start at $25, but drivers will not face penalty points on their license.

GHSA congratulates South Carolina for passing this common sense legislation that creates uniformity across the state and overrides local ordinances that vary by city.

State distracted driving laws are at

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