South Carolina’s distracted driving law makes it illegal to text message while driving. However, the state has no restrictions on using a cellphone for calls while operating a vehicle.
In South Carolina, all drivers are prohibited from using a wireless communication device to compose, send, or read a text message (or other text-based communications like email) while operating a vehicle on a public street or highway. The prohibition applies to cellphones, personal digital assistants, text-messaging devices, computers, and the like.
The texting law contains a number of exceptions. The restriction doesn’t apply to drivers who are:
Also, emergency services personnel aren’t subject to the texting law while in the performance of official duties.
Generally, the fine for a texting violation can’t exceed $25, and a texting ticket won’t result in demerit points being assessed the driver’s record.
In certain situations, a texting-while-driving violation could lead to reckless driving charges. And if a distracted driving offense contributes to the death of another person, reckless vehicular homicide charges are a possibility.