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September 26, 2012 06:02 PM

City Visitors Unaware Of Texting Ban

Sioux Falls, SD

Most everyone who lives or works in Sioux Falls should be aware of the ban on texting while driving that goes into effect on Friday. But for visitors to the city, there's nothing alerting them to the ban and no plans on the part of the city to do so.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors come into Sioux Falls each year. East 10th Street is just one of many different entrances into the city.

"We've got a lot of ways into our city and if we posted every new or different ordinance that Sioux Falls had versus Brandon, Renner, Canton or Harrisburg or Tea, the entrances into our community would be pretty cluttered,” Sioux Falls city councilor Greg Jamison said.

The city has posted information about the texting ban on its website. However, the out of town visitors we spoke with on Wednesday say they'd like to see a sign at the edge of the city notifying them of the ordinance before taking home a ticket.

"I think there should be signs posted because I wasn't aware there wasn't texting and driving. It would be bad to get hit with a hefty fine for something I wasn't aware of," Lower Brule resident Kamela Wilson-Laroche said.

"If they'd put something up that would be really nice. It would be nice to know instead of getting a ticket or something like that," Sioux City, Iowa, resident Mauricio Ramirez said.

Jamison believes word will get out in enough ways that the city doesn't need to take further action.

"I think the police officers are going to be a little bit informative at the beginning and say 'hey there's an ordinance against that and I think others, the rest of the public driving along and they see somebody texting that they'll probably honk and say 'hey what's going on, don't you know," Jamison said.

Sioux Falls is first in the state to implement a texting while driving ban. State law makers have discussed the issue, but taken no action.

South Dakota is just one of five states in the country without some sort of texting ban in place.

Follow this link to the City of Sioux Falls’ texting while driving ban for more information on the new ordinance.
 

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