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Box Elder police will be on the lookout for distracted drivers.
Box Elder police will be on the lookout for distracted drivers.
Black Hills Knowledge Network photo/Chelsea Gortmaker
March 6, 2014

Box Elder Bans 'Distracted Driving'

The City of Box Elder joins other South Dakota Cities by passing a Distracted Driving Ordinance to help increase public safety and awareness of the increased dangers when operating a motor vehicle while distracted.

Ordinance 543 reads: Distracted Driving: Distracted driving is inattentive driving while operating a motor vehicle caused by texting, reading, writing, performing personal grooming, interacting with pets, passengers, or unsecured cargo, using personal communications technologies, mobile phones, or other electronic device, or engaging in any other activity which may cause driver distraction.

The first and second readings of the ordinance were January 21, 2014 and February 4, 2014. They both passed with flying colors. The Ordinance was published in the Rapid City Journal on Saturday, February 9th and will be enforceable 20 days later.  This ordinance shall be enforced as a secondary offense, and is a Class II Misdemeanor.

To see the entire Ordinance 543: Distracted Driving visit


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