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 repeat convictions and for first-time offenders convicted of having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.15% or higher


    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes Yes
  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Regulates truck platooning.

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    No bicycle helmet laws.

  • 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 Universal helmet law repealed 1980.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 6 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 70

    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?