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May 2, 2018

Lawmakers restore vision screenings for license renewals

COLUMBIA (AP) South Carolina lawmakers have passed legislation restoring mandatory vision screenings for drivers who renew their licenses. The House voted 99-8 Tuesday to concur with a Senate amendment that would apply the new vision test. The bill, introduced in the House in January, is headed to Gov. Henry McMaster for his signature. Drivers can […]

Mar 14, 2016

This week SC drivers can get suspensions reduced or cleared

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. (AP) — This week is driver amnesty week in South Carolina, a time when drivers with certain kinds of license suspensions may apply to have suspension time reduced or cleared. The Department of Motor Vehicles says the program assists drivers with license suspensions for having too many points or for driving an unlicensed […]

Jan 13, 2014

Administrative – DUI – Driver’s License Revocation – Evidence – Breathalyzer Test

South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles v. Brown (Lawyers Weekly No. 010-005-14, 16 pp.) (Jean Hoefer Toal, Ch.J.) (Costa M. Pleicones, J., concurring) (Donald W. Beatty, J., joined by Kaye G. Hearn, J., dissenting) Appealed from the Administrative Law Court (Carolyn C. Matthews, ALJ) On writ of certiorari to the Court of Appeals. S.C. S. […]

Jun 21, 2013

Privacy ruling forces lawyers to handle DMV data with care

Four of South Carolina’s most prominent trial lawyers are facing potential liability for millions of dollars in damages in the wake of the June 17 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to broaden the protections afforded personal information compiled by state departments of motor vehicles.

Feb 10, 2012

DMV plans more realistic driving tests

South Carolina officials say they plan to put new drivers through a more realistic road test before giving them a license.

Jan 28, 2011

DMV can’t use hearsay evidence to suspend licenses

By PAUL THARP, Staff Writer [email protected]   The Department of Motor Vehicles cannot use hearsay evidence to suspend a driver’s licenses, the S.C. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 24 in an apparent first-impression decision. West Columbia attorney Heath P. Taylor, who represented the defendant on appeal, said the justices “reaffirmed general hearsay rules we’ve always h[...]

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