Enact Ryan's Law to Deter Distracted Driving

Enact Ryan's Law to Deter Distracted Driving

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Pat Mancuso started this petition to State Representative Timothy A. "Tim" McGinnis

Current South Carolina State law prohibiting texting while driving is useless. The current $25 fine is not deterring nor changing behavior. Even if it were increased to $1,000, it remains unenforceable because anyone can get out of a ticket, as long as they claim to have been using a phone for some other reason.

In a fatal accident where texting is suspected, phone records are not subpoenaed because police do not have authority. In fact, unless malice is proven in vehicular manslaughter, charges cannot be brought. Negligent vehicular manslaughter exists in many other states and should be adopted in South Carolina.

We want to increase the penalties to deter people from using their phones while driving. It is proven that states implementing strict laws barring cell phone usage while driving have reduced fatalities by as much as 11%.

National Safety Council reports 25% of all car accidents in America are the result of distracted driving by texting and phone use. We recommend allowing police officers to bring charges based on negligence without having to prove recklessness (e.g., drunk driving) or malicious intent in vehicular manslaughter cases. Cell phone use is a choice and can be deterred.

In every fatal accident, we want all drivers' phone records subpoenaed. We also want mandatory drug testing and blood tests for any driver involved in a fatal wreck, as in the State of Virginia and State of New York, and many others.

I started this petition because...
On April 3, 2018, twenty-four-year-old Ryan Mancuso was on his way to work at 8:15 a.m. when he was struck and killed by a distracted driver.

Ryan was riding his motorcycle through a quiet intersection when a car suddenly turned directly into him. Witnesses reported the driver was looking down, and the driver admitted to not seeing Ryan until he was on her windshield. In spite of such evidence, police were unable to find malice and simply levied a fine of $250 for failure to yield. Even if a review of cell phone records could prove that the driver was on the phone at the time of the accident, the laws of South Carolina do not allow the police to press appropriate charges and penalties.

Speeding tickets can cost thousands of dollars with fines, legal fees, and mandatory safe driving courses-- without any injuries to anyone. Yet lives are taken because people are using their phones while driving because there are no appropriate deterrents or consequences. People are literally getting away with murder and our roads are becoming more dangerous every day. Statistics show that driving while using your phone is reckless, yet the laws of South Carolina fail to recognize this danger. We aim to change the law so that driving while texting amounts to recklessness. We need "Ryan's Law" to protect the citizens of South Carolina.

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