SD House Panel Votes Down Texting Ban For Drivers
February 1, 2012, 11:03 AM
PIERRE, SD -
A measure seeking to ban texting while driving has been rejected by a South Dakota House panel.
The State Affairs Committee voted 10-3 to kill a measure that would have prohibited the use of cell phones and other handheld devices to write, send or read text-based communications while driving. It would not have banned the use of hands-free devices for texting.
The measure's main sponsor, Rep. Jim Bolin, R-Canton, says it's time to ban texting by drivers because it leads to traffic accidents.
No one spoke against the measure during Wednesday's committee hearing, but committee members say they doubt law enforcement officers would be able to enforce a ban on testing while driving.
A similar bill passed the Senate last year but was defeated by the House.
© 2012 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Material may not be redistributed.
1/19/2015 2:59 PM
Not many South Dakotans spend their honeymoon at the state Capitol.
1/21/2015 6:23 AM
Members of South Dakota's all-Republican congressional delegation say ideas presented by Democratic President Barack Obama in his State of the Uni...
1/20/2015 10:20 AM
Each senator gets one ticket for a guest, and Minnesota Rep. Collin Peterson gave Heitkamp his ticket so she could invite both husband and wife.
1/20/2015 1:38 PM
Minnesota is one of just seven states that apply an income tax to Social Security. Seniors who make less than $25,000 a year are exempt.
1/22/2015 6:20 AM
Republican leaders were forced late Wednesday to abruptly drop plans for House debate of legislation criminalizing most abortions after 20 weeks of pr...