Texting And Driving Now Illegal In SC - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Texting And Driving Now Illegal In SC

Posted: Updated:
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Gov. Nikki Haley signed a statewide ban on texting while driving Monday.

Under the ban, drivers who violate the law would not receive penalty points, but would face fines starting at $25.

The use of GPS navigators and texting to summon emergency services, however, is permitted.

Drivers are also allowed to text on a hand-held device if stopped at a red light or stop sign.

Police are prohibited from confiscating or viewing a cell phone to determine whether a driver was texting. During the first 180 days after the law goes into effect police would issue warnings before citations are handed out.

The ban would supersede at least 19 local ordinances that vary by city, creating consistency across South Carolina.

South Carolina is the 49th state to adopt a law on texting. Montana does not have a texting ban.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

    Clemson student suddenly dies from infection

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 8:38 AM EDT2014-08-27 12:38:27 GMT
    Virginia GilliamVirginia Gilliam
    A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...More >>
    A Mount Pleasant family is grieving the loss of their 18-year-old daughter and sister after she dies suddenly while away at school in the up state. Clemson freshman Virginia Gilliam died on August 24 after what started out as a urinary tract infection."Anybody that knew Virginia, knew she saw the world through a child's eyes. Again, I knew that, my family knew that and I'm not a big social media guy but since then I've just been seeing all this out pouring," Herb Gilliam. Social Media he says...More >>
  • SC toddler girl dies after being hit by golf cart in hospital parking lot

    SC toddler girl dies after being hit by golf cart in hospital parking lot

    Tuesday, August 26 2014 9:22 PM EDT2014-08-27 01:22:38 GMT
    Kirsten Jones, age 3 in a Facebook photoKirsten Jones, age 3 in a Facebook photo
    Police in Aiken are still investigating how a little girl died Tuesday after she was hit by a golf cart.The 3-year old, identified as Kirsten Grace Jones, was struck in the parking lot of Aiken Regional Medical Centers Monday afternoon.More >>
    Police in Aiken are still investigating how a little girl died Tuesday after she was hit by a golf cart.The 3-year old, identified as Kirsten Grace Jones, was struck in the parking lot of Aiken Regional Medical Centers Monday afternoon.More >>
  • August Mugshots

    August Mugshots

    Monday, August 11 2014 4:01 PM EDT2014-08-11 20:01:35 GMT
    August arrests in Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.More >>
    August arrests in Upstate South Carolina and western North Carolina.More >>
  • Most Viewed Stories on WSPA.com

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.