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Rules of the Road

  • Every occupant in a vehicle must wear a seat belt.
  • Children 17 and younger in moving vehicles must be restrained by means appropriate for the child's age and seating location.
  • Driving on the beach or in marsh areas is prohibited at all times.
  • Motorcyclists are required to use headlights at all times.
  • Right turns may be made at red lights throughout the state, except where a sign denotes “No Right on red.” Stop before turning and yield to traffic already in intersection.
  • Vehicle headlights must be on if operating windshield wipers due to rain or poor road conditions.
  • Open containers of beer, wine or liquor are prohibited in vehicles. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal; penalties include a fine ($750 or more) and/or loss of driver's license in South Carolina or driver's home state.

Alcoholic Beverages
It is unlawful for anyone under the age of 21 to buy, possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Open containers of beer, wine or liquor are prohibited in public places, including streets, sidewalks and beach areas.

Disposing of litter and solid waste is illegal on public and private property and in state waters. Cigarette butts are considered litter. The court may impose fines, litter clean-up hours and jail time.

Sea Oats and Fencing
It is illegal to cut, break or otherwise destroy sea oat plants, beach grass or sand fencing.

Discharging of fireworks is illegal within the city limits of municipalities along the Grand Strand. Establishments that sell fireworks in Horry County are required to post, in a conspicuous location, rules and regulations regarding fireworks.

Glass Containers
Glass containers are prohibited on the beach.


  • Swimming is not permitted beyond 50 yards from the beach or over shoulder depth, unless otherwise stated by lifeguard.
  • Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore. The greatest safety precaution that can be taken is to recognize the danger of rip currents and always remember to swim at beaches with lifeguards.
  • Jumping and diving from piers is prohibited. Swimming within 50 yards of a pier is prohibited.
  • Only canvas rafts may be used in the ocean, and rafts must have safety ropes.
  • Swimwear is subject to city ordinances in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. It is illegal for anyone to wear a thong bathing suit.

Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed. It has been compiled from various resources and edited for presentation by The Hoffman Group.

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9654 North Kings Hwy #101
Myrtle Beach, SC 29472
Phone: 1-877-671-5024

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