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SD Lawmakers Kill Proposed Statewide Ban On Texting While Driving

March 12, 2014, 8:50 AM

SD Lawmakers Kill Proposed Statewide Ban On Texting While Driving
PIERRE, SD -

A statewide texting and driving ban is dead.

A joint committee of South Dakota House and Senate lawmakers decided not to negotiate the differences between the Senate and House plans on Tuesday night.

The Senate's version would make it a primary offense and violators could face up to a $500 fine.  The House bill made it a secondary offense and only a $25 fine.

With no statewide ban in place, local texting and driving laws will remain unchanged.

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