South Carolina

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of South Carolina. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving


    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .15 1 month (for BAC .15 or higher) Yes Vehicle confiscation

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for both high BAC (.15 or higher) and repeat convictions


    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes No Yes
  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Regulates truck platooning.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Under 2 yrs in rear-facing infant seat

    2-8 yrs in forward-facing child safety seat or in booster seat secured by lap/shoulder belt (lap belt alone is not permissible)

    7 yrs or under in rear seat if available

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    8 yrs and at least 57" if child can be properly secured by adult belt.

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense


  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?


    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers


    Novice Drivers


    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Illegal
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    10 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    65 and over: renewal and vision test every 5 years


  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for all riders under 21. Universal helmet law repealed 1980.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law


    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 8 and over

    In What Seat?


    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense


  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted. There is no state authority upholding their legality.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras


    Red Light Cameras


  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 (60 on specified segments) 70 (60 on specified segments)

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    55 55
  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    16 years, 6 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 6 40 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    15 / 6

    EST: 6 p.m. - 6 a.m.

    EDT: 8 p.m. - 6 a.m.

    No more than 2 under 21 unless to/from school
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected


    Enhanced Penalties

    $75-$200 or up to 30 days in jail, or both

    Workers Must Be Present?


    Signs Must Be Present?