The South Dakota legislature will consider a ban on texting while driving, and one of the supporters is Rapid City's police chief. In a KOTA news story, Steve Allender asserted that South Dakota streets would be safer if such a ban was passed.

The proposed ban would make texting while driving a primary offense, so police could pull someone over for it (as a secondary offense, police would need some other violation to stop the car). Several counties east river have passed local bans; Pennington County passed a ban in 2013, but it did not cover cities.

Follow along on the legislature on our page, and keep up to date with the texting ban in our archive.