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Sponsors: Reps. West, G.M. Smith, Simrill, B. Newton, Wooten, McGarry, Bryant, Haddon, Long, Pope, Gilliam, Hosey, Oremus, Caskey, Hardee, Yow, Atkinson and Martin
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Introduced in the House on January 12, 2021
Introduced in the Senate on March 9, 2021
Last Amended on March 25, 2021
Currently residing in conference committee
Summary: Driving on the right half of road
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 12/9/2020 House Prefiled 12/9/2020 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works 1/12/2021 House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 36) 1/12/2021 House Referred to Committee on Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 36) 1/13/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Caskey 1/26/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Hardee 1/27/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Yow 2/23/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Atkinson 3/2/2021 House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Education and Public Works (House Journal-page 2) 3/3/2021 House Member(s) request name added as sponsor: Martin 3/4/2021 House Amended (House Journal-page 14) 3/4/2021 House Read second time (House Journal-page 14) 3/4/2021 House Roll call Yeas-108 Nays-0 (House Journal-page 14) 3/4/2021 House Unanimous consent for third reading on next legislative day (House Journal-page 17) 3/5/2021 House Read third time and sent to Senate (House Journal-page 1) 3/9/2021 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 6) 3/9/2021 Senate Referred to Committee on Transportation (Senate Journal-page 6) 3/23/2021 Senate Committee report: Favorable with amendment Transportation (Senate Journal-page 10) 3/25/2021 Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 22) 3/25/2021 Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 22) 3/30/2021 Senate Read third time and returned to House with amendments (Senate Journal-page 11) 4/6/2021 House Non-concurrence in Senate amendment (House Journal-page 97) 4/6/2021 House Roll call Yeas-1 Nays-107 (House Journal-page 97) 4/8/2021 Senate Senate insists upon amendment and conference committee appointed Bennett, McElveen, Turner (Senate Journal-page 17) 4/8/2021 House Conference committee appointed Morgan, West, Henderson-Myers (House Journal-page 25)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
COMMITTEE AMENDMENT ADOPTED
March 25, 2021
Introduced by Reps. West, G.M. Smith, Simrill, B. Newton, Wooten, McGarry, Bryant, Haddon, Long, Pope, Gilliam, Hosey, Oremus, Caskey, Hardee, Yow, Atkinson and Martin
S. Printed 3/25/21--S.
Read the first time March 9, 2021.
TO AMEND SECTION 56-5-1810, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REQUIRING A MOTOR VEHICLE TO BE DRIVEN UPON THE RIGHT HALF OF A ROADWAY, SO AS TO PROVIDE RESTRICTIONS ON DRIVING A MOTOR VEHICLE ON A ROADWAY HAVING AT LEAST TWO LANES ALLOWING MOVEMENT IN THE SAME DIRECTION, PROVIDE A PENALTY, AND DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PLACE SIGNS ALONG THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAYS DIRECTING SLOWER TRAFFIC TO MOVE RIGHT.
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 farthest left lane of a controlled access highway of three or more lanes 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;
(6) to law enforcement vehicles, ambulances, or other emergency vehicles engaged in official duties and vehicles engaged in highway maintenance and construction operations;
(7) when a driver of a tractor-trailer commercial motor vehicle combination is unable to move into the right lane safely due to another vehicle overtaking or passing his vehicle to the right; or
(8) when a driver of a vehicle requiring a commercial motor vehicle license to operate is unable to move into the right lane safely due to a highway grade or another vehicle overtaking or passing his vehicle on the right.
(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) The Department of Transportation must place signs along interstate highways directing slower traffic to move to the right. The signs must be placed at intervals of no more than thirty-five miles.
(E)(1) A person who is adjudicated to be in violation of the provisions of this section must be fined not more than twenty-five dollars, no part of which may be suspended. No court costs, assessments, or surcharges may be assessed against a person who violates a provision of this section. A custodial arrest for a violation of this section must not be made, except upon a warrant issued for a failure to appear in court when summoned or for a failure to pay an imposed fine. A violation of this section does not constitute a criminal offense. Notwithstanding Section 56-1-640, a violation of this section must not be:
(a) included in the offender's motor vehicle records maintained by the Department of Motor Vehicles;
(b) included in the criminal records maintained by SLED; or
(c) reported to the offender's motor vehicle insurer.
(2) A violation of this section is not negligence per se, or contributory negligence, and is not admissible as evidence in a civil action.
(3) A law enforcement officer must not search, and may not request consent to search, a vehicle, or the driver or occupant of the vehicle, solely because of a violation of this section.
(4) A person charged with a violation of this section may admit or deny the violation, enter a plea of nolo contendere, or be tried before either a judge or a jury. If the trier of fact is convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that the person violated the provisions of this section, then the penalty is a civil fine pursuant to item (1) of this subsection. If the trier of fact determines that the State has failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the person violated the provisions of this section, then no penalty shall be assessed.
(5) A person found to be in violation of this section may bring an appeal to the court of common pleas."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect ninety days after approval by the Governor. For a period of ninety days after the effective date of this act, only warning tickets may be issued for a violation of the provisions of this act.
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