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Sixty one percent of teen drivers in South Dakota text and drive.
Sixty one percent of teen drivers in South Dakota text and drive.
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June 16, 2014

Teen Texting and Driving Highest in South Dakota

A federal report released last week showed that South Dakota teens have the highest rate of texting and driving, Rapid City Journal reports.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that about 61 percent of teenaged drivers in South Dakota text and drive or send emails while driving. The national average is about 41 percent, KDLT Sioux Falls reported

North Dakota has the second highest rate, with 59 percent of teenagers admitting they text and drive.

Rapid City recently issued a ban on texting and driving, with the consequences of doing so being a $100 fine. It is considered a primary offense in Rapid City to text and drive, meaning that police can stop vehicles based on reasonable suspicion of texting and driving, with no suspicion of other laws having to been broken. 

For more information about distracted driving, visit

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