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Sponsors: Reps. J. Brown and Cotty
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Companion/Similar bill(s): 3128
Introduced in the House on January 14, 2003
Currently residing in the House Committee on Education and Public Works
Summary: Mandatory seat belt/child restraints, primary offense violation
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 Education and Public Works 1/14/2003 House Introduced and read first time HJ-43 1/14/2003 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works HJ-43 2/4/2003 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Cotty
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-6540, AS AMENDED, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT OF THE STATE'S MANDATORY USE OF SEAT BELTS AND CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER MAY STOP A DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE FOR ANY PRIMARY VIOLATION OF A PROVISION THAT REQUIRES A DRIVER OR PASSENGER TO WEAR A SEAT BELT OR A CHILD RESTRAINT SYSTEM.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 56-5-6540 of the 1976 Code, as last amended by Act 65 of 2001, is further amended to read:
"Section 56-5-6540. (A) A person who violates the provisions of this article, upon conviction, must be fined not more than twenty-five dollars, all or part of which may be suspended.
No Court costs, assessments, or surcharges may not be assessed against the person convicted. No A person may not be fined more than fifty dollars for any one incident of one or more violations of the provisions of this article. No A custodial arrest for a violation of this article may not 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. Notwithstanding Section 56-1-640, a conviction for a violation of this article must not be included in the offender's motor vehicle records maintained by the Department of Public Safety or in the criminal records maintained by SLED.
(B) A law enforcement officer must not stop a driver for a violation of this article in the absence of another violation of the motor vehicle laws except as follows:
(1) when the officer has probable cause for a violation of this article based on his clear and unobstructed view of a driver seventeen years of age or younger or an occupant of the motor vehicle seventeen years of age or younger who is not wearing a safety belt or is not secured in a child restraint system as required by Article 47; or
(2) 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.
(C) A citation for a violation of this article, except for a citation issued pursuant to a stop made under subsection (B)(1), must not be issued without citing the violation that initially caused the officer to effect the enforcement stop.
(D) A citation issued pursuant to a stop made under subsection (B)(1) may be issued without citing any other violation.
(E)(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.
(F)(C) No A vehicle, driver, or occupant in a vehicle may not be searched solely because of a violation of this article or a stop made under subsection (B)(1)."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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