Increased contraband in our prison system is a troubling trend. Those seeking to bring contraband in prisons are using 21st century technology including unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, to deliver weapons, drugs, cell phones and other
contraband over the walls. Senate Bill 176 makes it unlawful to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle within 500 horizontal feet or 250 vertical feet within a Department of Corrections facility. A person violating is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not more than $500 dollars or imprisoned not more than 30 7 days or both. This will help ensure better safety for officers and other prisoners to disrupt the flow of contraband by air.
Mopeds are extremely dangerous, contributing to more than 700 accidents a year in South Carolina. H.3247 is a life-saving bill, the most comprehensive of its vision in many years. The bill will go into effect in November 2018.
The Department of Transportation experienced the tragic death of two highway workers in 2017. The Highway Workers’ Safety Act imposes new fines and penalties for the endangerment of a highway worker, prioritizing the safety of our highway workers and ensure they get home safe to their families after a day of work. Fines range from $500 to $5,000 for endangering of a highway worker without injury, causing bodily harm and the death of a highway workers.
S.179 provides limited immunity from prosecution for a person who seeks medical assistance for someone experiencing a drug or alcohol-related overdose. For a person acting in good faith, as a “good samaritan,” for someone experiencing an overdose will not be prosecuted under specific situations. The purpose is to encourage medical help for a person having an overdose and eliminate the fear of prosecution from a person in a situation to help.
Mental health and addictive disorders are a growing concern for law enforcement. S.173, unanimously approved by the Senate and House, provides additional training of certified law enforcement officers to receive certification for post-dramatic stress disorder and other trauma and stress related disorders. The law enforcement training council is authorized to establish participation in the SC LEAP program for officers involved in an incident resulting in death or serious bodily injury.