Texting and driving is a problem that is plaguing our roadways, and, unfortunately, it only seems to be getting worse. According to Distraction.gov, in 2012, an estimated 421,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver, which was a nine percent increase from the number of people injured in 2011.
In a bid to reverse this growing trend, South Carolina recently instituted a new texting and driving law. According to WCSC CBS 5, South Carolina is the 49th state to make texting and driving illegal, leaving Montana as the lone outlier.
“A lot of the local jurisdictions as far as city jurisdictions go have had this ordinance in place for a while,” said Hannah Wimberly, a spokesperson for the highway patrol.
The highway patrol has instituted a 180-day grace period for the new law while it figures out how to enforce it.
“Kind of like the seat belt, we have to have a full unobstructed view of the cell phone and what appears to be someone texting and driving,” said Wimberly. “Also we’ll be looking for violations such as weaving across the center line.”
Currently, the fine for a texting and driving violation in South Carolina is $25, making it the second-lowest in the country, higher only than California’s $20 penalty.
I Need an Attorney for a Texting and Driving Accident
A car or truck can go from being a mode of transportation to a source of destruction in an instant. Due to that fact, those operating motor vehicles have a responsibility to themselves and those they are sharing the road with to avoid distractions, such as texting, while behind the wheel. Unfortunately, not all drivers take that responsibility as seriously as they should, which often results in others paying the price for their mistake.
Those who are suffering due to the actions of a distracted driver deserve justice, and a possible $25 fine for the distracted driver will not make that happen. Stewart Law Offices stands ready to provide legal assistance and support to accident victims and their families. Call us today for free attorney advice about texting while driving accidents as well as other types of wrecks caused by distracted drivers.
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