In South Carolina, you can start driving at age 16 (age 15 with a driver’s’ permit). Be careful out there, though! Driving that puts you or other drivers in danger will result in penalties counted as “points” on your South Carolina Driver’s License. If you accrue 6 points on your driving record, you will receive a warning from the DMV. If you accrue 12 points, your driver’s license will be suspended, or even criminally prosecuted as a Habitual Traffic Offender, which carries up to 5 years in prison!
Taking a defensive driving course allows you to “get back” 4 points on your license, but you need to enroll and complete the class before you’re in jeopardy of being suspended. Once your license is suspended, however, you will need to follow the DMV’s guide to reinstate your license.
It can be confusing and even overwhelming to understand. For your convenience, here is a comprehensive list of the points associated with the respective traffic violations of our state.
|Passing stopped school bus||6|
|Hit-and-run, property damages only||6|
|Driving too fast for conditions, or speeding: No more than 10 m.p.h. above the posted limits||2|
|Driving too fast for conditions, more than 10 m.p.h., but less than 25 m.p.h. above the posted limits||4|
|25 m.p.h. above the posted speed limits||6|
|Disobedience of any official traffic control device||4|
|Disobedience to officer directing traffic||4|
|Driving on wrong side of road||4|
|Driving through or within safety zone||4|
|Failing to give signal / giving improper signal / suddenly decreased speed||4|
|Shifting lanes without safety precaution||2|
|Improper dangerous parking||2|
|Following too closely||2|
|Operating with improper lights||2|
|Operating with improper brakes||2|
|Operating a vehicle in unsafe condition||2|
|Driving in improper lane||2|