In terms of statewide laws, only three states have not yet placed restrictions on cell phone use while driving. South Carolina is one of those states. However, on April 1, a distracted driving ordinance will go into effect in the city of Greenville. In particular, the ordinance bans the use of handheld mobile phones while driving.
Initially, city officials considered a narrower ban on texting while driving, but statistics from other cities and states ultimately convinced the City Council to vote unanimously in favor of extending the ban to include all handheld devices. A ban on texting alone would have also posed enforcement difficulties for police.
Now the city plans to launch a public campaign to educate residents about the ordinance and the dangers of distracted driving. If you live in the Greenville area, then you’re likely to see billboards and other messages aimed at raising awareness. Six months after the ordinance is enacted, city officials will gauge its effects by consulting with police and the municipal judge. The general public can also give feedback.
Distracted driving is a factor in far too many injurious and fatal auto accidents throughout South Carolina. One doesn’t have to look far to find proof of the danger. If you have been injured because of a distracted driver’s reckless or negligent actions, then you may be left with a range of physical and financial obstacles. A personal injury attorney can evaluate your case, help clarify the available legal options, and gather evidence with a view toward reaching a settlement or achieving a favorable verdict.
Source: greenvilleonline.com, “Put down the phone in the city and just drive,” David Sudduth, March 28, 2014