Following Too Closely
“Following too closely” is a serious traffic offense in South Carolina. For drivers licensed in South Carolina, it can add up to 4 points to your driving record; and for out-of-state drivers, your home state could treat it even more seriously.
The South Carolina Uniform Act Regulating Traffic on Highways § 56-5-1930 (“Following too closely”) states that “(a) the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.” Unlike some other traffic charges where the officer must present tangible evidence for writing the ticket, Following too closely relies on the subjective opinion of the issuing officer. If a the police officer thinks you are following too closely, even if you are keeping up with the speed of traffic or not speeding, he can issue this very consequential ticket.
Following Too Closely Defense Attorney
Our South Carolina traffic defense lawyers understand that mistakes happen and you may end up closer to the vehicle in front of you than you thought. Even if you are not a commercial driver who depends on his license for his livelihood, a dedicated defense can help save you points on your license and skyrocketing insurance premiums. Call our knowledgeable and experienced South Carolina Traffic Attorneys for a free consultation regarding your citation. When you call, you can speak to a South Carolina Traffic Citation attorney who will evaluate your case, give you honest feedback, and be upfront about any fees.
Commercial Truck Drivers
If you are a commercial truck driver or any driver towing another vehicle, South Carolina’s Following Too Closely statute requires that, when following a truck or vehicle of the same class, you leave enough space “so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger.” This means that the distance between commercial trucks must be greater than other vehicles on the road. Cops are continuously on the lookout for tractor-trailers following each other too closely, because an accident involving them can have catastrophic results.
What to do when pulled over for “Following Too Closely”
Do not argue with the Officer on the side of the road! Be calm and polite, because he has the full authority of South Carolina law to issue this subjective citation. Officers close out their own tickets in South Carolina, and it will be much more difficult for a South Carolina Traffic Ticket attorney to negotiate a dismissal or reduction of charges if the Officer had a bad experience. Once you have your ticket and you are on your way, call the experienced and knowledgeable lawyers at Nosal & Jeter, LLP to fight your case.