Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Do not speed in South Carolina

While staying in Savannah, "we" decided to go on an outing to the Tanger outlet mall in Hilton Head, South Carolina. As soon as we crossed the state border, I noticed a sign which stated "WORK ZONE $200 FINE AND 30 DAYS IMPRISONMENT FOR SPEEDING". I found that a little excessive, but since we really did not have a choice to comply, I religiously stuck to the speed limit. Note that it did seem like I was the only one doing that, but I was not going to take the risk.

After coming home, I decided to do some more research on that, and I ended up at the South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 56, Chapter 5, article 1535, which states "(A) It is unlawful for a person to drive a motor vehicle in a highway work zone at a speed in excess of the speed limit set and posted by signs. A person violating this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not less than seventy-five nor more than two hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days, or both."

While this reassured me a bit, it still looks fairly stern. Looking a little further, I found John Carr's page on the topic, which provides an excellent summary of the different traffic rules broken down by state.

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