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Mitchell Considers Repeal Of City Texting Ban

April 12, 2014, 5:55 PM by Leland Steva

Mitchell Considers Repeal Of City Texting Ban
MITCHELL, SD -

To make roads safer, new legislation passed this bans texting and driving across South Dakota.

The City of Mitchell is discussing repealing its city ban when the new law goes in place.

Earlier this week, Mitchell City Council voted 4-2 on the first reading of the repeal. The second reading of the repeal will be during the council's meeting on April 21.

The big difference between Mitchell's ban and the state's ban is Mitchell's is a primary offense, while the state's is just a secondary offense. 

City Council Member Phil Carlson asked for the repeal of the city's ban to be placed on the agenda. He says the ban was put in place by Mitchell to get the state to put in a ban. Even though the new law isn't as strict as the city's, he thinks a state-wide ban will be enough to stop drivers from texting while they're behind the wheel.

“My hope is having it us a secondary offense will sufficient to change the culture, to get people to stop texting and driving,” Phil Carlson of the Mitchel City Council said.

If passed, the current law in Mitchell will change to the state law when it goes into place on July 1.

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