Can latest texting while driving ban bill survive next round? - KOTA Territory News

Can latest texting while driving ban bill survive next round?


The Senate Bill banning texting while driving was killed, but House Bill 1177 still stands. Some law makers are unsure about the bills future but they weigh-in on what it might mean for drivers.

Some legislators do not agree that this particular bill will truly stop texting behind the wheel.

Brian Gosch, South Dakota Speaker of the House, who sponsored House Bill 1177, says the bill isn't ideal for him, but it is moving in the right direction. "Its not the ideal bill for me, but it's also not the ideal bill for other folks," said Gosch. "Focus on the fact that we have our best chance ever of having our first state wide texting ban."

Senator Craig Tieszen (R-District 34), who supports a texting while driving ban, says he has many issues with the amended House Bill. "The primary issues are that first of all it's a secondary offense its unenforceable. Secondly, the penalty is limited to $25 which is really unheard of for a moving violation," said Tieszen. "And finally and just as important it's the fact that all the authorities has been taken from the cities."

This is the last week of the legislative session, so a decision should be made soon.


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