The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) has activated a Hurricane Irma page on the agency’s website, www.scdot.org, to provide one location for online resources to help motorists cope with the storm.
The site features evacuation routes, road closings on an interactive map, the SCDOT 511 Traveler System, storm reports, press releases, social media messaging and links to other state and federal agencies.
South Carolina’s law against price gouging is also now in effect, since Gov. Henry McMaster declared a state of emergency, according to a news release from Attorney General Alan Wilson.
The price gouging law is a general prohibition of unconscionable prices during times of disaster. It is in effect for the next 15 days. Price gougers can be charged for excessive pricing, a misdemeanor offense punishable with a $1,000 fine and/or 30 days in jail.
The Attorney General’s Office says victims of price gouging should:
1. Note the time, place, address, and name of the gas station or business
2. Note the price paid
3. Note any prices nearby and get the same information on those stations or businesses
4. Take pictures that identify the business, along with the price
5. Provide your name and contact information
The documentation can be emailed to email@example.com or victims can call (803) 737-3953 and leave a message. The information also can be reported at scag.gov/archives/33193.