SD Legislature approves texting while driving ban - KOTA Territory News

SD Legislature approves texting while driving ban


By CHET BROKAW, Associated Press

       PIERRE, S.D. (AP) _ After years of debate on the issue, the South Dakota Legislature has finally approved a statewide ban on texting while driving.
       The state House voted 52-18 in favor of the measure on Thursday, while senators approved it by a 28-7 vote.
       The measure makes texting behind the wheel a petty offense carrying a $100 penalty. It would be considered a secondary offense, meaning a law officer could ticket someone for a texting violation only after first stopping that driver for another traffic offense.
       The bill does not prohibit local governments from having texting bans that are stricter than the state law.


       Copyright 2014 The Associated Press

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