User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


66° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Politics

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Iowa Legislature To Consider Stronger Texting And Driving Law

February 19, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Iowa Legislature To Consider Stronger Texting And Driving Law
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Texting and driving is a secondary offense in Iowa now, but if some state legislators have their way, that will change very soon.

"I do feel they have to pass these laws to keep everybody safe, yes I do," driver Wanda Wulf said.

A Senate Transportation Subcommittee passed a measure on Tuesday allowing officers to pull people over for texting and driving on its own, something some Iowa drivers have been waiting to hear.

"I think that'd probably be ok, because I do think it's very dangerous and I don't know that it's any different than any of your other offenses," driver Wanita Koedam said.

For Wanda Wulf, one of the few times she gets nervous on the roads is when she sees other drivers looking down at their phones.

"Yes, I am, because sometimes they cross the center line and I do not feel comfortable," Wulf said.

The fact that Iowa doesn't have stiffer punishments for people texting and driving is not a surprise to Koedam, but she says times are changing.

"I don't think it's been a huge problem. I think the problem keeps getting bigger and bigger, so I'm not surprised that it's not there yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it does pass," Koedam said.

While some members of the Iowa Legislature want to take a tougher stance on texting and driving, that doesn't necessarily mean that drivers are going to pay attention to this new law."

"I really don't know. I think people are just going to do it anyway. I don't like it, but I know people would do it anyway," Wulf said.

"If you're going to text and drive, you're probably going to do it anyway, but maybe you'll think about it after the first time you get picked up," Koedam said.

The subcommittee that passed this measure on Tuesday was made up of three state senators. It still needs to go through the full House and Senate, but it will be discussed in the Iowa Transportation Committee on Thursday.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View politics

You may also like

Weiland Wants Koch Brothers To Stay Out Of SD

7/21/2014 5:45 PM

South Dakota U.S. Senate candidate Rick Weiland says he wants Americans for Prosperity, the deep-pocketed conservative Political Action Committee, to ...

Full Story
Pressler: Memorial At Wounded Knee Needed

7/18/2014 10:46 AM

Independent U.S. Senate candidate Larry Pressler says if he's elected he'll push for a American Indian "holocaust memorial" museum a...

Full Story
SD U.S. Senate Candidates Agree To Four Debates

7/23/2014 3:10 PM

The four candidates running for South Dakota’s open U.S. Senate seat will appear together at four debates this fall.

Full Story
Sex Trafficking Bill Up For Debate

7/23/2014 6:00 PM

Human sex trafficking. A serious problem across the country and here in KELOLAND.

Full Story | Watch
SD U.S. Senate: Four Candidates, Four Debates

7/23/2014 5:59 PM

All four South Dakota U.S. Senate candidates will appear in a live hour-long debate on KELOLAND TV this fall.

Full Story | Watch


Events