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South Carolina Traffic Laws

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Below you will find links to traffic laws and driving rules in South Carolina -- including the online vehicle code, statutes on common traffic violations, and state-specific driving manuals (where available).

  • Title 56 - Motor Vehicles
Drinking & Driving Violations Operating motor vehicle while under influence (SC Code scroll to section 56-5-2930)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License Driver's license required (SC Code scroll to section 56-120)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Motor Vehicle Financial Responsibility Act (SC Code Title 56, Ch. 9)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Vehicles required to be registered (SC Code scroll to section 56-3-110)
Illegal U-Turn Limitations on turning around (SC Code scroll to section 56-5-2140)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Duties of drivers involved in accident (SC Code scroll to sections 56-5-1210 to 56-5-1260)
Mechanical Violations Equipment and Identification (SC Code Title 56, Ch. 5 scroll to Article 35)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving (SC Code scroll to section 56-5-2920)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Obedience to and required traffic-control devices (SC Code scroll to section 56-5-950)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Child Passenger Restraint System (SC Code scroll to Article 47)
Safety Belts (SC Code scroll to Article 48)
Speeding Restrictions on Speed (SC Code Title 56, Ch. 5 scroll to Article 11)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications Equipment and Identification (SC Code Title 56, Ch. 5 scroll to Article 35)

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