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Point system for traffic offenses in South Carolina

I wanted to put together a list of the traffic offenses and points that are associated with the charges.  Below is the table of offense that are subject to the “point” system.


56-1-710  Conviction means a plea of guilty, nolo contendere or, bail forfeiture.

56-1-720 – Point System

Charge

Statute

Points

Reckless Driving

56-5-2920

6

Passing a stopped school bus

56-5-2770

6

Hit and Run, with property damage

56-5-1240, 1250

6

Driving Too Fast for Conditions or Speeding

56-5-1520

     Less than 10

2

     10+ but less than 25

4

     25 or above

6

Disobedience of official traffic device

56-5-950

4

Disobedience to officer directing traffic

56-5-740

4

Failing to yield

56-5-2330

4

Wrong side of road

56-5-1920

4

Passing unlawfully

56-5-1860, 1890

4

Turning unlawfully

56-5-2120, 2140

4

Driving through safety zone

56-5-3240

4

Failing to signal

56-5-2150

4

Improper signal

56-5-2150

4

Suddenly decreasing speed

56-5-2150

4

Unlawful Lane change

56-5-1900

2

Improper parking

56-5-2510

2

Following too closely

56-5-1930

4

Failing to dim lights

56-5-4780

2

Operating improper lights

56-5-4490

2

Improper brake lights

56-5-4510

4

Operating vehicle in unsafe condition

56-5-4410

2

Driving in improper lane / left of center

56-5-1810

2

Improper backing

56-5-3810

2



Once points are accumulated, your license may be suspended based upon the number of points. 

Suspension

12-15 Points – 3 Months
16-17 Points – 4 Months
18-19 Points – 5 Months
20+ Points - 6 Months

When do points go away?

56-1-750
Computation of Points
Within 12 months = full value
From 12 to 24 months = one half value
More than 24 months = no value

56-1-770
4 points off for defense driving course


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