The Greenville SC distracted driver ordinance goes into effect April 1, 2014. The ordinance bans use of cellphones, tablets, PDAs and all other portable electronic communication devices while driving. Devices may be used only hands-free such as Bluetooth technology.
Drivers may not make or receive phone calls, read or send emails or text messages while operating a vehicle within Greenville. This applies also at red lights or sitting in traffic. Fines for breaking the new ordinance starts at $100 for the first offense. This move by the City of Greenville will make the roads safer for everyone.
On Monday, June 9, 2014 Governor Haley signed the state’s bill banning writing, sending or reading text-based messages (i.e. text, SMS, e-mail and instant message) while driving into law. The law, which took effect upon Governor Haley’s signature, replaces bans passed by cities and counties (including Greenville’s) and creates consistency across South Carolina.
Under the state law, drivers are allowed to talk on the phone and use a GPS device while driving. Additionally, the state law allows drivers to text if they are parked, stopped at a stop sign/red light or using a hands-free device. Drivers have a 180-day grace period during which only warnings will be issued. After the grace period, drivers who violate the law can be fined up to $25 for a single infraction.