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South Carolina's Handheld Mobile Device Ordinance No Longer in Effect

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Jun 13, 2014 in Auto Accidents

handheld banEarlier this week, Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill that would immediately ban texting and driving in South Carolina. Now that the ban is in effect, the city of South Carolina recent ban on the use of hand-held devices while driving is now no longer enforceable.

According to Greenville Online, city police can no longer pull motorists over for talking on their phones. The bill signed by Gov. Haley allows motorists to send or read a text message when the vehicle is not in motion. However, the state Department of Public Safety says even the slightest movement, like creeping along in a traffic jam, counts as a violation.

Drivers may be fined as much as $50, but the violation is not reported to insurance and doesn't count against points on a license. South Carolina law enforcement officers are providing written warnings for the first six months.

South Carolina believes that the new law will be difficult to enforce since police can only pull drivers over if they have a clear view of the driver texting and probable cause to stop them. However, they cannot seize the phone to prove the driver was texting.

Since 2010, more than 58,000 car accidents have been linked to distracted driving and more than 200 of these accidents were fatal. Specifically, texting has resulted in more than 300 accidents since 2011, when they began collecting data on texting and driving.

Have you or a loved one been injured in a texting and driving accident? Did you know that you may be entitled to file a claim for compensation for your losses?

Contact the car accident lawyers from Harbin Law at 1(888)821-0247 to schedule a free legal consultation today.

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