South Carolina might be number 49 out of 50, but at least we finally have a law in place to ban texting and driving. Montana is now the lone state not to address this issue.
Under the new South Carolina law it is illegal for anyone to use a wireless electronic communication device to compose, send or read a text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle on the public streets and highways of this state.
The fine for breaking the law isn't going to create a financial hardship, but based on the success of similar laws, like having to wear a seatbelt, people should be less likely to text and drive if they know it is illegal. And if fewer people are texting and driving, especially younger drivers, it should lead to a decrease in accidents and highway fatalities. Although late to the dance, the South Carolina state legislature should be applauded for finally passing this law.