Bill creates felony for sober drivers who seriously injure
(AP) — COLUMBIA, S.C. — A driver who seriously injures someone while driving recklessly in South Carolina could be charged with a felony under a bill senators are debating.
Republican Sen. Shane Massey of Edgefield says his bill addresses a huge gap in the law, as the current punishment is a six-point traffic ticket.
State law provides felony prosecution for intoxicated drivers who either kill or seriously injure someone. And a driver who’s not drunk but kills someone while driving recklessly faces years in jail.
But Massey says there’s no punishment for a sober driver who puts someone in a coma while knowingly driving dangerously.
The Senate Judiciary decided Tuesday to postpone a vote.
Democratic Sen. Ronnie Sabb of Greeleyville questioned whether the bill over-criminalizes conduct if the driver didn’t intend to injure anyone.