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Bill Number: 139 Ratification Number: 307 Act Number 300 Introducing Body: Senate Subject: Depositing foreign substances on highways
(A300, R307, S139)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 57-7-20, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO DEPOSITING FOREIGN SUBSTANCES ON HIGHWAYS, SO AS TO PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL PENALTIES WHEN ANY PERSON KNOWINGLY, WITH MALICIOUS INTENT, VIOLATES THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION OR WHEN PERSONAL INJURY OR DEATH RESULTS FROM A VIOLATION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 57-7-20 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 57-7-20. (A) No person may place, throw, or deposit upon any highway any glass bottle, glass, nails, tacks, wire, cans, or any other substance or object likely to injure any person, animal, or vehicle upon the highway. Any person who drops or permits to be dropped or thrown upon any highway any destructive or injurious material shall remove it immediately or cause it to be removed. Any person removing a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway shall remove any glass or other injurious substance dropped upon the highway from the vehicle. A violation of any of the provisions of this section is punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars or imprisonment for not more than thirty days.
(B) If any person knowingly, with malicious intent, violates subsection (A), he must be punished by a fine of not less than two hundred nor more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not less than ten nor more than sixty days.
(C) If any person knowingly, with malicious intent, violates the provisions of subsection (B) and causes personal injury, upon conviction, he must be punished by a fine of not less than five hundred nor more than two thousand dollars or imprisoned for not less than one nor more than three years, or both.
(D) If any person knowingly, with malicious intent, violates the provisions of subsection (C) and a death results, upon conviction, he must be punished as provided in Section 16-3-20."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.