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May 31, 2013 06:16 PM

Texting And Driving

Sioux Falls, SD

There are still plenty of hazards on construction-free roads as well.

Six South Dakota cities have stepped up to stop drivers from their own distractions with texting bans.

Sioux Falls made headlines last year as the first city to pass a ban. Now five others have followed suit. Mitchell is the latest, with a ban taking effect this month.

Texting while driving is considered a primary offense, meaning you can be pulled over for doing so. Early on officers said enforcing the ban was an issue. Here's how the towns with bans rank.

Since January, Sioux Falls police have handed out 17 tickets to drivers on their phones.

Huron's ban also took effect in January covering both texting and distracted driving. They have written up six drivers so far in 2013.

Brookings police say the department has cited just one driver since that city's ban became legal, that was following an accident.

Watertown has also issued just one ticket.

Vermillion's ban took effect early this month but officials were not available to give us the numbers.

Banning texting and driving statewide continues to be a hot topic in Pierre. Lawmakers have taken up the issue, without success.

Most recently, the Senate passed a ban, which didn't make it out of a House committee.

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