Compiled by Jake Levy, SCRN
Employees of both the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) and the state Department of Transportation (SCDOT) are no longer allowed to text message while using state vehicles effective January 28, 2010.
Transportation Secretary H.B. Limehouse says the main goal of SCDOT is safety and that, “our employees must contribute to their own safety and the protection of other drivers by giving full attention to their driving while on the job.”
A South Carolina House subcommittee is considering legislation to ban cell phones in all cars. They will meet again February 3 to vote on the issue.
With an increasing number of crashes, Public Safety Director Mark Keel says this policy is important, “Our Highway Patrol troopers have seen the tragic results of what can happen when a driver is texting,” Keel said, “I support this ban for our employees because SCDPS and SCDOT have an obligation to take the lead in cutting down on driver distractions and making our highways safer in all aspects.”
Both agencies have offices and employees in all 46 counties of South Carolina.