It is illegal for drivers in South Carolina to send, receive, or read text messages while driving.
Child safety rules require that children under 20 pounds and one year of age are secured in a rear-facing infant seat; children up to age 5 and 39 pounds are to be in a forward facing child seat; children up to 80 pounds must use a booster seat. All children aged five and under must be in the rear seat. The fine for failing to properly secure a child in a motor vehicle is $150.
Drunk drivers will have their license suspended for 30 days and will be required to install ignition interlock devices if their blood alcohol concentration is .15 or higher.
Teens can get a learner’s permit at age 15, their intermediate license at 15-and-a-half, and an unrestricted license at age 16 and six months.
Motorcycle riders under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet.
Mature drivers age 65 years or older must renew their license and take a vision test every five years.
Sobriety checkpoints are conducted throughout the state.
The penalty for speeding in work zone is enhanced to $75 to $200 or up to 30 days in jail.