South Carolina’s DUI-E Bill
South Carolina legislatures are reviewing a bill that would make it illegal to hold a cell phone behind the wheel.
House Bill 4480, also known as the DUI-E (driving under the influence of electronics) bill, aims to un-blur the line between texting and talking on the device so that anytime the device is in a driver’s hand, it is considered illegal.
The punishment for violating the law would also increase. A first offense would earn the driver a $100 ticket. Additional tickets would cost $300 plus 2 points on a driver's license. Currently, South Carolina drivers only face a $25 fine for each offense, no matter how many tickets they have received.
After its introduction, the bill was discussed by a House panel where members of the community testified in its favor, from relatives of victims of distracted driving to AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety President Tiffany Wright.