January 25, 2015

South Carolina State Senate Committee Approved Bill to End Drunk Driving Among Moped Drivers

On Wednesday, a South Carolina Senate committee approved a bill that would classify a moped as a vehicle for the purpose of enforcing drinking-and-driving laws in the state.

According to http://jalopnik.comA new study presented to the American College of Surgeons found that 39% of moped drivers sustaining accident injuries had a blood-alcohol level greater than .05 mg/dL..” as the author, going by the name  Andrew states in the article,  “Have we stumbled upon a solution for one of society’s great ills? Get a DUI, get sentenced to driving only scooters. We’d much rather be T-boned by a drunk driving 100 pounds of plastic at 30 MPH than an Expedition.”

Currently, mopeds are considered exempt from South Carolina motor vehicle laws, causing many magistrates to toss out cases where the driver on a moped had been drinking.  According to The State newspaper, “[y]ou don’t need a driver’s license to drive a moped in South Carolina, making it a popular choice for drunken-driving offenders with suspended licenses. In the Senate version of the bill, DUI offenders with suspended licenses still could drive mopeds. But they would no longer be exempt from state drunken-driving laws.” The bill, sponsored by Reps. Eddie Tallon and Derham Cole, both from Spartanburg, already passed the House last year.

Drunk driving, be it on a moped or automobile, is a serious offense in South Carolina and results in thousands of deaths every year.  If you or someone you love has been injured or died as a result of a drunk driver, and you would like to have a free consultation with the Joye Law Firm, please call us at (888)324-3100 or fill out the claim form on this website.  For more details about previous results obtained on behalf of injured persons by our law firm, please visit www.joyelawfirm.com and click on “our results.”

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