Office of Highway Safety & Justice Programs

The mission of the South Carolina Department of Public Safety is to protect and serve the public with the highest standard of conduct and professionalism; to save lives through educating its citizens on highway safety and diligent enforcement of laws governing traffic, motor vehicles, and commercial carriers; and to ensure a safe, secure environment for the citizens of the state of South Carolina and its visitors.

VALUES: In accomplishing its mission, the Department of Public Safety sets forth the following core values:

Integrity: Integrity is a fundamental value. It is characterized by honesty, fairness and ethical behavior.
Excellence: Excellence is the result of employees consistently doing their jobs professionally, with a customer focus and constantly striving for improvement.
Accountability: As an organization and employees we are good stewards of the authority, responsibilities and resources entrusted to us.
Employees: Employees are our most valuable asset, recognized for functioning as individual ambassadors of the department and collectively as a team in our commitment to protect and save lives.
Leadership: We expect our employees to be leaders. We further expect them to be respectful of others, responsible for their actions and take the initiative to perform at a consistently high level.

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Safety on Our Roadways
The Office of Highway Safety works with the enforcement divisions of the SC Department of Public Safety – SCHP, STP and BPS – as well as local law enforcement agencies and other groups to develop, promote and coordinate traffic safety initiatives to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities on our state’s roadways.

In Memory

Each year, the Office of Highway Safety coordinates the Annual Memorial Service for Highway Fatality Victims to remember the people killed in traffic collisions in the previous year. The event is usually held at a large local church to accommodate the hundreds of family members and law enforcement personnel who attend.


FFY 2015 Funding Guidelines (pdf)

General Traffic Enforcement Team Grant with personnel (pdf)

Traffic Enforcement Grant without personnel (pdf)

Specialized DUI Enforcement Team Grant with personnel (pdf)

Child Passenger Safety

NHTSA Child Passenger Safety Program