South Carolina recently became the 49th state to adopt a ban on texting while driving. While the state is typically a proponent of personal freedoms and is slow to take them away, the ban on texting while driving was passed to keep more people on the roadways safe.
Before the state passed the ban, several cities had their own laws regarding the use of a cell phone while driving. This made it difficult for travelers to know the laws between cities. The current law now supercedes the local laws and provides consistency across South Carolina.
The ban says that drivers may only text while legally stopped or if they are using a hands free option. Drivers may still use GPS navigation.