The Rapid City Council considered an ordinance to prohibit use of handheld devices while driving. The Rapid City Chief of Police advocated for the passage of this ordinance, citing a number of national research studies in a memo to the City Council. The Governor of South Dakota signed into law a texting ban in March 2014. Police Chief Allender acknowledged that the proposed city ordinance was crafted similarly to the state law. He also acknowledged that it may be difficult to differentiate between someone placing a phone call on a mobile device, which is legal, and a driver texting which the proposed ordinance would ban. The first reading of the ordinance passed.
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