Just got this from George Hincapie’s Twitter Stream:
“1000 dollar fine here in SC for any motorist that harasses, taunts, or maliciously throws objects at direction of cyclist. Great new law.”
Can’t seem to find anything on this online yet, so must be hot off the presses. Ã‚Â The $1,000 fine is an increase from the original $250 fine in a SC law passed in 2008 that contained anÃ‚Â Anti-Harassment ClauseÃ‚Â stating any motorist who harasses a bicyclist, such as by taunting or maliciously throwing an object, could be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, be fined not less than $250, or be imprisoned for not more than 30 days, or both.
In an older Post & Courier article, Attorney Peter Wilborn ofÃ‚Â www.scbikelaw.comÃ‚Â notes that the old law didn’t make that a crime and adds, “Now, get the tag number, call the police and file a criminal complaint against those drivers who ‘harass, taunt or maliciously throw an object’ at you. The jerks can go to jail whether they hit you or not. An injury or crash is not a requirement for prosecution.”
We’ll post more as we get it.