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S 0248 - South Carolina Hands-Free Act

Tracking Level: Of Interest
Sponsor: Thomas Young (R)
Last Action: 1/12/2021 - Senate - Referred to Committee on Transportation
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Staff Analysis of the Legislation

01.19.2022 The Senate Transportation Committee gave this bill a favorable report as amended by the subcommittee.
01.12.2022 A Senate Transportation subcommittee gave this bill a favorable report as amended. The amendment strikes all of the language in the current bill and replaces it with new language. The new bill includes a definition of mobile electronic device, includes exceptions for parking and navigation, includes penalties and preemptive language for local ordinances.
Summary of the bill as introduced: Prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from physically holding a wireless communication device while operating the vehicle.

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Session 124 - (2021-2022)Printer Friendly
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S 0248 General Bill, By Young, Hembree, Turner, McElveen and Bennett
Similar (H 3360, H 3677)
Summary: SC Hands-free Act
    A BILL TO ENACT THE "SOUTH CAROLINA HANDS-FREE ACT"; TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-3890 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO THE UNLAWFUL USE OF A WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE, TO REVISE THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH IT IS UNLAWFUL TO USE A WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICE, TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF DISTRACTED DRIVING AND PROVIDE PENALTIES, AND TO MAKE TECHNICAL REVISIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 56-1-720 OF THE 1976 CODE, RELATING TO POINTS THAT MAY BE ASSESSED AGAINST A PERSON'S DRIVING RECORD FOR MOTOR VEHICLE DRIVING VIOLATIONS, TO PROVIDE THAT A SECOND OR SUBSEQUENT OFFENSE OF DISTRACTED DRIVING IS A TWO-POINT VIOLATION; TO PROVIDE THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SHALL NOTIFY MOTORISTS OF THE HANDS-FREE REQUIREMENTS AT CERTAIN POINTS ALONG THE STATE'S INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS; AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS.
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12/09/20Senate Prefiled
12/09/20Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/12/21Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 234)
01/12/21Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation (Senate Journal-page 234)



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