On June 9, 2014, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley signed a no texting while driving law into effect, giving a 6 month grace period.
Today, that grace period ends.
If officers find a driver composing, reading, or sending a message, they will be given a $25 ticket. A message includes texts, SMS messages, and instant messages.
However, drivers may use their phones to text if they are legally stopped, like at a redlight or stop sign. They may also use their phone if there is a hands free option, if they are requesting emergency help, using a GPS system, using a digital dispatch system, or are a public safety official on duty.
This law was put in effect to keep drivers more attentive and focused on the road. Legislators hope that this will reduce accidents and injuries associated with texting while driving.