Law prohibiting young drivers from using cell phones set to take - KOTA Territory News

Law prohibiting young drivers from using cell phones takes effect


A new law making it illegal for young drivers to use a cell phone while driving takes effect Monday.
The law prohibits anyone who holds a learners permit or restricted minors permit from using any handheld communication device while driving.

The South Dakota Department of Public Safety says generally this will effect children between 14 and 18 years old.

Jenna Howell, Director of Legal and Regulatory Services says in a press release, "Young people still gaining experience with driving really need to avoid any distractions."

And people we talked to agree, but say one day it should apply to all drivers.
"Driving myself, seeing people not paying attention because they're on their cell phones I do find it dangerous and I do agree everyone should not be using their cell phones while driving," says Victor Lopez.
But teenagers we spoke to feel singled out.
"How is an adult more reliable to drive with a cell phone than a teenager? Either way it can cause accidents so it seems like you're singling us out," says Elijah Conger.

The law is set to be enforced as a secondary offense. Meaning a driver would need to be pulled over for another reason first.

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