The Box Elder recently passed their own distracted driving ordinance. Box Elder officials said they don't want their local control taken away.
A distracted driving ordinance was passed and will be in effect at the end of February. There are now two texting bills in South Dakota. The new Senate bill would ban texting statewide and allow municipalities to establish their own policies. The House bill, on the other hand would void the texting bans in cities that are already in place.
"Our ordinance or individual ordinances, I don't believe they were designed to take any power away from the State or create that patchwork law system but at the time there was nothing else and that was our alternative," said Box Elder Police Chief Jason Dubbs.
The Senate bill will now go to the Senate floor. A hearing has not been scheduled for the House texting bill.