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Indicates Matter Stricken
Indicates New Matter
Sponsors: Reps. Kirsh and Richardson
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Introduced in the House on January 14, 2003
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: School zones, failure to stop for road guard, penalties; placement of signs
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/4/2002 House Prefiled 12/4/2002 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary 1/14/2003 House Introduced and read first time HJ-39 1/14/2003 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary HJ-40 1/21/2003 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Richardson
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-2785 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE TO FAIL TO STOP WHEN SIGNALED TO STOP BY A ROAD GUARD IN A SCHOOL ZONE, TO PROVIDE THAT A VIOLATION OF THIS PROVISION IS A MISDEMEANOR AND A VIOLATOR MAY BE FINED AND IMPRISONED, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE PLACEMENT OF SIGNS IN SCHOOL ZONES THAT INFORM MOTORISTS OF THE HOURS A ROAD GUARD IS ON DUTY AND THE PENALTY FOR FAILING TO STOP WHEN A ROAD GUARD SIGNALS A MOTORIST TO STOP.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. The 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 56-5-2785. (A) It is unlawful for a person to drive a motor vehicle in a school zone and fail to stop when signaled to stop by a road guard. A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined five hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days.
(B) For purposes of this section a 'school zone' is the area between the first sign on the highway that informs a motorist of the existence of the school zone and the last sign that informs a motorist of the end of the school zone.
(C) The penalty imposed by this section applies only:
(1) if a sign is posted at the beginning of the school zone that states 'SCHOOL ZONE ROAD GUARDS AHEAD FROM ____A.M. TO _____A.M. AND FROM ____P.M. TO ____P.M. $500.00 FINE OR 30 DAYS IMPRISONMENT FOR FAILURE TO STOP WHEN SIGNALED TO STOP';
(2) to the area between the posted sign and the 'END SCHOOL ZONE' sign.
(D) The signs contained in this section may be posted at the discretion of the Department of Transportation."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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