Thousands of South Carolina drivers who have had their licenses suspended could legally get back behind the wheel through a one-week amnesty program. State lawmakers passed legislation calling for the Department of Motor Vehicles to give those who have lost their driving privileges a chance, one week each year, to reduce or clear the remaining time of their suspension.
DMV Executive Director Kevin Shwedo says the amnesty option does not apply to suspensions involving drugs or alcohol. However, it could cover those suspended for excessive points against their license, for operating uninsured vehicles they did not own, and for driving under suspension.
Shwedo says some 13,000 drivers could qualify for the amnesty program, which will be offered May 16-20 at DMV offices around the state.