South Carolina General Assembly
123rd Session, 2019-2020

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S. 9

STATUS INFORMATION

General Bill
Sponsors: Senators Peeler, Johnson, Rice, Gregory and Turner
Document Path: l:\council\bills\gt\5577cm19.docx

Introduced in the Senate on January 8, 2019
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Transportation

Summary: Left lane driving

HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

     Date      Body   Action Description with journal page number
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  12/12/2018  Senate  Prefiled
  12/12/2018  Senate  Referred to Committee on Transportation
    1/8/2019  Senate  Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 40)
    1/8/2019  Senate  Referred to Committee on Transportation 
                        (Senate Journal-page 40)

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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

12/12/2018

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A BILL

TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, BY ADDING SECTION 56-5-1885 SO AS TO PROVIDE THE CIRCUMSTANCES WHEN IT IS LAWFUL TO DRIVE A VEHICLE IN THE LEFT LANE OF AN INTERSTATE HIGHWAY, AND TO PROVIDE THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH A TRAFFIC TICKET MAY BE ISSUED FOR THE VIOLATION OF THIS PROVISION.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:

SECTION    1.    Article 13, Chapter 5, Title 56 of the 1976 Code is amended by adding:

"Section 56-5-1885.    (A)    A vehicle may not be driven in the furthest left lane of an interstate highway except when overtaking and passing another vehicle.

(B)    Subsection (A) of this section does not apply:

(1)    when no other vehicle is directly behind the vehicle in the left lane;

(2)    when traffic conditions and congestion make it impractical to drive in the right lane;

(3)    when snow and other inclement weather conditions make it safer to drive in the left lane;

(4)    when obstructions or hazards exist in the right lane;

(5)    when because of highway design, a vehicle must be driven in the left lane when preparing to exit; or

(6)    to law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, and other emergency vehicles engaged in official duties and vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations.

(C)    Nothing in this section shall limit the Department of Transportation's ability to establish and delineate lane restrictions for certain types of vehicles.

(D)    For a period of ninety days after the effective date of this section, only warning tickets may be issued for a violation of the provisions of subsection (A)."

SECTION    2.    This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.

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