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SD Department Primes For Texting And Driving Ban

March 21, 2014, 1:24 PM

SD Department Primes For Texting And Driving Ban
PIERRE, SD -

A law that would make texting while driving illegal in South Dakota still awaits the governor's signature, but the state Department of Public Safety says it's already talking about a public awareness campaign.

A state official says the state already has some materials to warn against texting and driving. He has been in touch with an ad agency in Sioux Falls to focus a campaign on the pending ban.

The state spends about $1 million a year on safety campaigns including announcements that air on television. The ads target seat belt compliance and drunken driving.

The proposal has been approved by the Legislature. It would make texting while driving a secondary offence. People pulled over for other traffic infractions could be charged an additional $100 if they were also texting.

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