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May 27, 2003
Introduced by Reps. Ceips, Whipper, M.A. Pitts, Altman, Anthony, Bailey, Battle, Cato, Clark, Dantzler, Duncan, Emory, Hamilton, Harrison, Haskins, Herbkersman, Keegan, Kirsh, Koon, Leach, Littlejohn, Mahaffey, Martin, McCraw, Miller, J.M. Neal, Phillips, Pinson, Rhoad, Richardson, Sinclair, Umphlett, Whitmire and Lourie
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Read the first time March 5, 2003.
TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-3905 SO AS TO PROVIDE THAT THE OPERATOR OF A MOTOR VEHICLE MUST ACTIVATE THE VEHICLE'S INTERIOR LIGHTS WHEN STOPPED BY A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, AND TO PROVIDE A PENALTY FOR A PERSON WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THIS PROVISION.
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Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Article 31, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:
"Section 56-5-3910. (A) The operator of a motor vehicle equipped with interior lights, when stopped by a law enforcement officer from a half hour after sunset to a half hour before sunrise, must, upon request of the officer:
(1) activate the vehicle's interior lights; and
(2) open the vehicle's front window.
(B) A person who willfully violates this provision must be fined twenty-five dollars. A violation of this provision does not constitute a criminal offense, and must not be included in the person's motor vehicle records."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect six months after approval by the Governor.
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