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SC Drivers License Violations – What You Should Know

The Driver’s License Point System in South Carolina

South Carolina uses a point system to manage problem drivers. Under that system each point serves as a demerit, and if you accumulate 12 or more points, you will have your license suspended. Although these infractions are reported to your insurer, the accrued points may not have much significance because, when deciding on rate increases, most insurers apply their own point system. You can determine how many points you have accumulated here.

Suspensions

When a driver is assessed 12 or more points, the driver’s license will automatically be suspended. Certain traffic law violations, such as driving under the influence, require mandatory license suspension under the law and are not under the point system. The length of time your license will be suspended depends on the number of points you’ve accumulated:

12 to 15 points:  suspended for three months
16 or 17 points:  suspended for four months
18 or 19 points:  suspended for five months
20 or more points:  suspended for six months

How Many Points for Each Infraction

Drivers License Points South Carolina

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DUI PENALTIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA

What are the penalties for a DUI in South Carolina?

DUI fines and penalties in South Carolina vary according to the Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) of the driver when arrested. It is against the law to drive with a BAC above .08.

SC DUI Penalities

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Emma’s Law and SC DUI Penalties

EMMA’S LAW AND HOW IT CAN AFFECT YOU

Under Emma’s Law, those convicted of DUI, including first-time offenders with a blood-alcohol concentration (BAC) of .15 or greater, will be mandated to install an ignition interlock device on any vehicle they drive for a period of six months. Additionally, first-time offenders with a BAC of .08 to .14 may elect to use an interlock in order to drive with no geographic restrictions in lieu of a license suspension.

In the event of a repeat offense, a convicted drunk driver with a BAC of .08 and above will be required to have an ignition-interlock device for two years.

Also, from now on, persons convicted of second-offense DUI or above will no longer be able to wait out their license prohibition period of three years before getting their driver’s license back.

If a person has two or more DUI convictions and refuses to put an ignition-interlock device in his car, then he must turn over the license plates and registration to all vehicles registered to that person.

Persons under 21 who refuse a breathalyzer will have their license suspended for six months. If the person under 21 has a previous DUI conviction in the past three years, then the suspension for refusing a breathalyzer is one year.

One other new wrinkle in the law: Since August, all users of ignition-interlock devices have had to upgrade the devices to include cameras. This is to prevent others from blowing into the device to get a car started.

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