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SD Drivers Support New Texting While Driving Law

March 28, 2014, 10:00 PM by Hailey Higgins

SD Drivers Support New Texting While Driving Law

A texting while driving ban is now on the books after Governor Dennis Daugaard signed House Bill 1777 into law Friday.

The controversial bill succeeded after several others failed during recent years in Pierre.

Put your phone down South Dakota. Come July 1, it will be illegal text or read a message behind the wheel of a moving vehicle anywhere in the Rushmore State.

That comes as a relief for Marie Hauge who says she knows someone who was involved in a fatal texting crash.

"Having the law in place, it's a good idea that gives, if you're caught doing it, a consequence for your action," Hauge said.

"I know guys who actually died from it, they swerved and hit a ditch or they went to the other lane and died. It's a catastrophic thing. It's great that it's finally banned," AR Alobaidi said.

Law enforcement can't pull a vehicle over if they see someone texting, the violation is a secondary offence, but comes with a steep $100 fine.

And while everyone KELOLAND News spoke with that texting and driving is dangerous, some argue that the law is far from perfect.

"Not that I don't like the law, I think it is too much for just texting," Sheva Solo said.

"I think that it is a little bit much, but at the same time, there shouldn't be a reason why you have your phone out," Hauge said.

Despite making it state-wide law, stricter local bans will stay on the books. You can still make cell-phone calls while driving.

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