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South Carolina Child Restraint Law

Safety regulations for children who are traveling in motor vehicles in South Carolina  & the penalties for noncompliance:
  • Children 17 years and under must be restrained in a seat belt. 
  • Childrent 5 years and under must be restrained in an appropriate child safety seat
  • Children 5 years and under that weigh between 40 and 80 lbs., must be restrained in a booster seat in the back seat;
  • Children ages 1-5 that weigh be 20 and 39 lbs., must be restrained in a forward facing car seat in the back seat;
  • Infants through age 1, or infants that weigh under 20 lbs., must be restrained in a rear facing child car seat in the back seat;
  • When no applicable law applies to the child, South Carolina law requries the driver to ensure the child and also the child safety seat are secured properly;
  • The South Carolina seat belt law applies to all occupants in both the front and rear of the vehicle.

Penalties for Non-Compliance:

1. Driver is subject to a $150.00 maximum fine for a child restraint violation
2. The offender is subject to a maximum fine of $25.00 for a safety belt violation




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