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Category Archives: Traffic Violations

Can a police officer legally order me to exit my vehicle?

This is a question that is often asked, especially with the popularity of the “First Amendment auditors”. The answer is yes. The Supreme Court of the United States held in Maryland v. Wilson, 519 U.S. 408 (1997) that a law enforcement officer may order all occupants of a vehicle to exit the vehicle pending completion… Read More »

Stricter golf cart rules sought following fatal accident

BY SHAMIRA MCCRAY, POST AND COURIER A Rock Hill woman is calling for stricter golf cart regulations in South Carolina following her daughter’s death this summer. Melanie Popjes died after falling from a moving golf cart while vacationing on Fripp Island last month. Popjes’ husband was driving the cart while she held their infant daughter. “They… Read More »

MPPD Traffic Bureau launches distracted driving campaign

By Moultrie News, July 27, 2020 The Mount Pleasant Police Department Traffic Bureau will begin a distracted driving enforcement campaign the week of July 27. The goal of this campaign is to reduce collisions by issuing citations to drivers who use their phones instead of paying attention to the road. “One of the biggest complaints I… Read More »

SC bill calls for harsher penalties for reckless vehicular homicide

By Fleming Smith, Post and Courie Cases of reckless vehicular homicide are on the rise and one S.C. state senator is pushing for harsher consequences for those who kill while driving recklessly. “I don’t want to criminalize negligence, but I do think it’s legitimate to criticize recklessness,” Senate Majority Leader Shane Massey, R-Edgefield, said. Still, the… Read More »

Bans on driver texting not easy to enforce

By Sara Coello, Post and Courier As South Carolina legislators debate whether to strengthen the state’s lax textingwhile-driving laws, officers already struggle to hold motorists accountable for an infraction that can be hard to prosecute. Area drivers are generally honest about when they’ve been texting, according to Charleston police Sgt. William Gritzuk, but if they don’t fess… Read More »

Indiana woman convicted of reckless homicide in 3 deaths

Associated Pres ROCHESTER, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana woman was convicted Friday of reckless homicide for plowing her pickup truck into four children, killing three of them, as they crossed a two-lane highway to board their school bus. The Fulton County jury also found Alyssa Shepherd, 24, guilty of criminal recklessness in the Oct. 30,… Read More »

New moped law and stricter penalties for golf cart misuse go into effect on Nov. 19

Staff Report, Moultrie News Due to a change in law effective Nov. 19, customers who currently own or purchase mopeds will be required to register their mopeds. On Nov. 1, the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (S.C. DMV) started issuing moped plates and registration. The S.C. DMV has created a new procedure, new form, and Phoenix… Read More »


By John S. Yodice, AOPA Pilot Why should I have to worry about any of the federal aviation regulations dealing with alcohol and drugs? I don’t abuse alcohol. I don’t use illegal drugs. And I would never think of piloting an aircraft after legal use that could possibly affect my flying! Almost every pilot feels this… Read More »

South Carolina House passes bill requiring moped drivers to carry licenses and face traffic enforcement

By Andrew Brown, The Post and Courier COLUMBIA — People all over South Carolina who are driving mopeds may soon be required to have a license and follow traffic laws. The S.C. House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday that would require moped drivers to either have a valid drivers license or a separate moped exclusive… Read More »

Cops don’t have to be Coppolas, says appeals court

By Phillip Bantz, South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Police officers have to film field sobriety tests during DUI traffic stops under a South Carolina law that has irked prosecutors since the defense bar pushed the statute into existence in the 1990s. The video recording requirement has resulted in dismissals of seemingly slam-dunk cases because parts of… Read More »