South Carolina H3355 – Driving Under the Influence of an Electronic Device or DUI-E Law

Bill No.:
Bill Location:
South CarolinaAssembly / House
Bill Title:

Driving Under the Influence of an Electronic Device or DUI-E Law

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NMA Recommendation:

UPDATE March 20, 2019: Committed to Committee on Judiciary

UPDATE February 14, 2019: Requests made for a debate on the bill.

UPDATE February 12, 2019: Reported favorable with an amendment.

The bill has been assigned to the House Education and Public Works Committee. A hearing date is pending.

The NMA supports the distracted driving laws that all states have in their statutes but opposes new laws that single out specific behaviors that may or may not cause distractions for certain individuals. If the former, existing laws suffice.

As handheld cell phone and texting regulations go, H3355 does have some provisions that are less onerous than most, such as:

  • The maximum fine for a violation shall not be more than $25, and no court costs, fees or surcharges can be added on.
  • A law enforcement officer may not seize, search, view, or require the forfeiture of a wireless electronic communication device because of a violation of this section, and cannot use a violation of this section as the sole reason to search or request to search a motor vehicle, the driver or a passenger.

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