Killed texting ban bill gets new life - KOTA Territory News

Killed texting ban bill gets new life


The bill that would ban texting while driving was killed Tuesday, but the House and Senate appointed new members to the committee to negotiate further on the bill.

Some South Dakotans are disappointed in their lawmakers after they failed to negotiate a compromise on a texting while driving ban the first time around.    

In downtown Rapid City, it was easy to find people who had an opinion. Seven out of the ten people we talked to said it's time the State joined the 41 other states that have adopted bans. While most believe a ban of any kind would be good, others say the law could be a slippery slope.

Laura Hodson was downtown with her family today and she says each city should decide on their own texting while driving laws. "Well texting while driving is dangerous but it kind of depends on what on the city, it should be harsher in a city like Rapid City. But not in the small towns with one stop light and one main road," said Hodson.

Kay Hodson, Laura Hodson's mother says that texting behind the wheel should be outlawed state wide. "I think their should be a state wide texting ban and don't see why they can't make up their minds," said Hodson.

Rhyon Ingalls says that if they ban texting while driving how do you stop other bans. "Honestly when I get into a car and someone texting and driving I get a little bit nervous, at the same time you don't want to over extend boundaries you're doing legally," said Ingalls. 

The committee proposes making texting while driving a secondary offense, but with a penalty starting at $100. The committee hopes to reach an agreement on Thursday.

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