Current Status Bill Number:
253Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19970123Primary Sponsor: LandAll Sponsors: Land, Hayes and LanderDrafted Document Number: gjk\23228ac.97Residing Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Transportation Committee 15 STSubject: Safety, seat belts enforcement; fine increased, Motor Vehicles
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 19970123 Introduced, read first time, 15 ST referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-6540, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO VIOLATIONS OF THE SAFETY BELT LAW, SO AS TO INCREASE THE PENALTIES FROM TEN TO TWENTY-FIVE DOLLARS FOR A VIOLATION AND FROM TWENTY TO FIFTY DOLLARS FOR EACH INCIDENT AND TO DELETE THE PROVISION PROHIBITING A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER FROM STOPPING A DRIVER FOR A VIOLATION IN THE ABSENCE OF A VIOLATION OF ANOTHER MOTOR VEHICLE LAW.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-5-6540 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 148 of 1989, is amended to read:
"Section 56-5-6540. (A) A person violating the provisions of this article, upon conviction, must be fined not more than ten twenty-five dollars, all or part of which may be suspended. No court costs may be assessed against the person convicted. No person may be fined more than twenty fifty dollars for any one incident of one or more violations of the provisions of this article. No custodial arrest for a violation of this article may be made, except upon a warrant issued for failure to appear in court when summoned or for failure to pay an imposed fine. A conviction for violation of this article does not constitute a criminal offense.
(B) A law enforcement officer may not stop a driver for a violation of this article in the absence of another violation of the motor vehicle laws except when the stop is made in conjunction with a driver's license check or registration check conducted at a checkpoint established to stop all drivers on a certain road for a period of time. A citation for a violation of this article must not be issued without citing the violation that initially caused the officer to effect the enforcement stop.
(C)(B) A violation of this article does not constitute negligence per se or contributory negligence and is not admissible as evidence in a civil action."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.