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SD Lawmakers Try Again To Pass Texting Ban

March 12, 2014, 5:33 PM

SD Lawmakers Try Again To Pass Texting Ban
PIERRE, SD -

South Dakota lawmakers are making a last-minute attempt to pass a measure banning texting while driving before the main run of this year's legislative session ends Friday.

The bill was thought to be dead Tuesday when a negotiating committee of House and Senate members failed to reach agreement.

But the House and Senate have appointed new members to the negotiating committee. Rep. Charlie Hoffman of Eureka, chair of the negotiating committee, says he thinks negotiators can reach agreement when it meets Thursday.

Hoffman says a proposed compromise would make texting while driving a secondary offense, meaning law officers could issue tickets for the offense only after first stopping drivers for other traffic violations. He says the penalty would start at $100 but increase for repeat offenses.

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