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Sponsors: Senators Peeler, Johnson, Rice, Gregory, Turner, Bennett, Climer, Grooms and Alexander
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Introduced in the Senate on January 8, 2019
Introduced in the House on March 19, 2020
Last Amended on March 10, 2020
Currently residing in the House Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Left lane driving
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 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) 2/5/2020 Senate Committee report: Favorable Transportation (Senate Journal-page 22) 3/4/2020 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 80) 3/10/2020 Senate House amendment amended (Senate Journal-page 34) 3/11/2020 Scrivener's error corrected 3/11/2020 Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 9) 3/11/2020 Senate Roll call Ayes-42 Nays-1 (Senate Journal-page 9) 3/19/2020 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 22) 3/19/2020 House Referred to Committee on Judiciary (House Journal-page 22)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
March 10, 2020
Introduced by Senators Peeler, Johnson, Rice, Gregory, Turner, Bennett, Climer, Alexander and Grooms
S. Printed 3/10/20--S. [SEC 3/11/20 11:39 AM]
Read the first time January 8, 2019.
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.
Amend Title To Conform
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).
(E) Violations of this section are subject to a twenty-five dollar penalty."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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