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Texting while driving
Texting while driving
March 11, 2014

UPDATED Senate Pushes for Tougher Texting Ban

House Bill 1177 is heading back to the House, with some adjustments. The South Dakota Senate amended the state-wide texting ban to make texting while driving a primary offense, with a penalty of $500 and up to 30 days in jail. The bill originally nullified local bans, then passed the House with texting as a secondary offense. According to the Rapid City Journal, there are concerns that the House will not approve the stricter bill, which would mean another year without a state-wide ban. The other side is, the bill as passed by the House was weaker than the local bans it would replace.

Texting has been a frequent topic during this legislative session. Find out more in the archive.

UPDATE: The Rapid City Journal reported that the House and Senate were unable to reach a compromise on the bill. With its defeat, there will be no state-wide regulation on texting; local laws will remain in effect.

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