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Governor Signs Texting While Driving Ban

March 28, 2014, 11:01 AM

Governor Signs Texting While Driving Ban
PIERRE, SD -

South Dakota's texting while driving ban will take effect this summer.

Governor Dennis Daugaard has signed HB 1777, which prohibits drivers from using a handheld electronic wireless communication device to write, send or read text-based communications while the vehicle is moving.  There are exemptions for contacting emergency services, making phone calls and using hands free technology. 

A violation will be enforced as a secondary offense with a fine of $100.

The law goes into effect July 1.

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