Introduced in the S. C. Senate by Senators Hutto, K. Johnson, Climer, McLeod and Stephens, this proposed bill contains a number of provisions relating to driving under the influence.
Deaths in South Carolina caused by drunk driving claimed 285 lives in 2019. According to MADD Regional Executive Director for North and South Carolina Steven Burritt, laws like S.28 reduce drunk driving deaths by 16%.
The section of the bill that mentions the ignition interlock law is proposed as follows:
“(H)(1) In lieu of serving the remainder of a suspension or denial of the issuance of a license or permit, a person may enroll in the Ignition Interlock Device Program pursuant to Section 56‑5‑2941, end the suspension or denial of the issuance of a license or permit, and obtain an ignition interlock restricted license pursuant to Section 56‑1‑400. The ignition interlock device is required to be affixed to the motor vehicle equal to the length of time remaining on the person’s suspension or denial of the issuance of a license or permit. If the length of time remaining is less than three months, the ignition interlock device is required to be affixed to the motor vehicle for three months.
(2) The person must receive credit for the number of days the person maintained an ignition interlock restriction on the temporary alcohol license.
(3) Once a person has enrolled in the Ignition Interlock Device Program and obtained an ignition interlock restricted license, the person is subject to Section 56‑5‑2941 and cannot subsequently choose to serve the suspension.”
This bill is currently being reviewed by the Judiciary Committee.