All PDRTA vehicles are equipped with the latest safety devices,
from non-skid flooring to GPS monitoring, and Video Cameras with
Audio to ensure the safety of our passengers. Our vehicles are
maintained to manufacturer standards or higher, and on-call
mechanics are available to assist when needed.
When Riding the Bus:
- Be familiar with all emergency exits. Depending on the vehicle,
emergency exits may include windows and ceiling hatches.
- Take your seat as quickly as possible, and remain seated while
the bus is in motion.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- If you must stand, hold onto the bars or the hand straps.
Make sure your footing is solid.
Drivers are authorized to refuse transportation to persons in an
intoxicated condition, who conduct themselves in a manner
objectionable to other passengers, or when a passenger poses a
safety or security risk.
Additionally, Chapter 23 of Title 58, SC Code of Laws, includes
the Public Transportation Passenger Rights Act, which states:
- It is unlawful for any passenger to commit any of the following
acts in a bus or any other public transportation vehicle:
- Discard litter, except into receptacles designed for that
- Play any radio, cassette, cartridge, tape play, or similar
device unless controlled by the operator or the device is connected
to an earphone that limits the sound to the hearing of the
- Carry or possess any weapon, explosives, acids, other dangerous
articles, live animals, except for a seeing eye dog [or other
service animal] properly harnessed and accompanied by its owner,
small animals properly packaged or weapons carried by law
enforcement or animals used by law enforcement.
- Obstruct, hinder, interfere with, or otherwise disrupt or
disturb the operation or operator of a public transportation
- Board a public transportation bus through the rear exit door,
unless directed by an employee or agent of the carrier.
- Use profane, indecent, or obscene language or actions on a
public transportation vehicle, or conduct himself in a boisterous
fashion while on a public transportation vehicle.
- Intoxicated persons may be excluded from riding in any public
transportation vehicle by the vehicle's operator.
- The operator of any public transportation vehicle may refuse to
transport any person who insists on boarding the vehicle in a
manner that will obviously violate any of the above
- Any person violating the provisions or subsection of this
section is guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction for a first
offense may be imprisoned for not more than thirty (30) days or
fined not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00), for a second
offense, may be imprisoned for not more than sixty (60) days or
fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or both,
and for a third or subsequent offense, may be imprisoned for not
more than ninety days or fined not more than a thousand dollars, or
Security depends in part on your eyes and ears. If you hear, see
or smell something suspicious, trust your instincts and report
Unattended items simply may be lost or left behind. Look for the
following characteristics to report suspicious items to PDRTA:
- Placement in an out of the way location
- Attached batteries, wires, tanks, bottles or bags that might
contain chemicals or explosives
- Matches something described in a threat or has a threatening
- Smoke, mist, gas, vapor, odor, or fluid seeping from a package
- Individuals nearby showing signs of illness or distress
Suspicious activity relates to circumstances, timing and
behavior. Familiarize yourself with the following signs of
suspicious activity and report people who are:
- In an unauthorized or restricted area
- Loitering, staring or watching employees and passengers
- Pacing, nervous or jumpy
- Abandoning items and quickly departing
- Acting in a disorderly manner or disturbing others
- Photographing equipment or secure areas
- Carrying a weapon or appearing to have a weapon
- Wearing clothing that is extremely inappropriate for the
weather (e.g. heavy coat on a hot day)
Recommended Course of Action:
Do not touch suspicious items or confront someone with
suspicious behavior! Tell a PDRTA employee, police officer, or call
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