Monday, May 20 2013 7:13 AM EDT2013-05-20 11:13:42 GMT
ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The SC Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that involved a motorcycle.Troopers say the crash happened on Coach Road in Holly Hill around 10 p.m. Sunday night whenMore >>
The SC Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that involved a motorcycle.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 5:50 PM EDT2013-05-19 21:50:26 GMT
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real HousewivesMore >>
A century and a half before social media and reality television made celebrities out of nobodies, Columbia had its own "it girl" whose notoriety could make the Kardashians, Hiltons and Real Housewives jealous. More >>
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach helmet law debate traveled to the South Carolina Supreme Court on Wednesday as the state's high court heard oral arguments from both sides regarding the ordinance that went into effect in February 2008.
Attorney Thomas McGrath, who is representing 49 different clients suing the city of Myrtle Beach, says the new ordinance violates the state law. In the State of South Carolina, people under the age of 21 are required to wear a helmet, but those over the age of 21 are not. McGrath contends the City of Myrtle Beach cannot go against the state's uniform traffic codes.
McGrath's lawsuit was also heard in conjunction with another from Business Owners Organized to Save Tourism (BOOST) & Viers v. the City of Myrtle Beach. State Rep. Thad Viers, who represents his own brother Bart in the case, says this lawsuit is about more than helmets.
"This is bigger than the helmet laws," said Viers. "This is what a local government can do and whether a local government can make a law stronger and more stringent than a state law."
Viers says while there is no way to predict the outcome, he's confident the law is on his side.
"There's certain things cities can do, and making up their own traffic laws is not one of them," Viers (R-Myrtle Beach) said. "I believe the law and the constitution are on our side."
A spokesman for the city of Myrtle Beach declined to comment on the pending litigation. However, in court documents provided by the city, six key points were outlined as their central argument. The city argued that the helmet law complies with the state constitution, that they had the right to adopt the law under the "uniform traffic code," and the ordinance also does not conflict with this code.
However,the chief justice in the case questioned Myrtle Beach's attorney, Mike Battle, on whether or not the law was created to remove bikers and the rallies or to promote safe practices while traveling on motorcycles.
Each side had 15 minutes to argue their points before the State Supreme Court.
Viers, of Coastal Law LLC in Myrtle Beach, as well as J. Todd Kincannon of Barnes Alford Stork & Johnson in Columbia, represented BOOST an Bart Viers. Michael W. Battle of Battle, Vaught & Howe of Conway, and Thomas Ellenburg, of Myrtle Beach, represented the City of Myrtle Beach in the dispute.
The city enacted the helmet law in 2008, requiring DOT-approved helmets for all riders in city limits. Under South Carolina law, anyone over the age of 21 is not required to wear a helmet.
Monday, May 20 2013 2:37 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:37:05 GMT
WIS now has the 911 calls from a bold daytime robbery in which the homeowner came face to face with the suspect. That suspect broke through two doors and stole generators, lawn equipment, and a big screenMore >>
WIS now has the 911 calls from a bold daytime robbery in which the homeowner came face to face with the suspect.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:32 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:32:59 GMT
Traffic on Two Notch Road near Providence Hospital is being detoured while emergency crews investigatee a suspicious bag.According to a police department spokesperson, Two Notch Road is closed betweenMore >>
A suspicious bag that garnered the attention of fire and police crews and closed a major Columbia road turned out to be harmless, according to the Columbia Police Department. More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothesMore >>
A 27-year-old Batesburg-Leesville woman is in trouble with the law after police say she left one of her children in her car and carried the other one in a shopping cart while she attempted to steal clothes from Walmart.More >>
Remember the record-setting $587 million Powerball® jackpot from late last year? Time is running out to claim three Powerball® tickets sold for that drawing. Two of the tickets are worth $40,000 and one is worth $10,000. The winning tickets were sold in Columbia and Orangeburg.More >>