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Should South Dakota Ban Texting While Driving?

January 25, 2012, 10:00 PM by Don Jorgensen

Should South Dakota Ban Texting While Driving?
There's yet another attempt in Pierre to ban texting while driving in South Dakota.

This piece of legislation is exactly like the bill that passed the Senate last year, but failed in committee on the House side.

You see it happening everywhere on city streets, texting while driving. Even some who admit doing it say it's dangerous and have had some close calls. 

"A couple of times, I've never gotten in an accident, but every once in awhile you look up and here's a bumper right in front of you," Amber Church said. 

"I'll just say I'm on my way home now, and bye then I put my phone aside and if I get another text I just don't do it a lot, because I know it causes accidents," Nicole Aust said.

House Bill 1129 is currently in committee and has a lot of support. Even though similar legislation has died in years past, some feel a ban on texting behind the wheel is long overdue. 

"If we don't pass a law there's going to be a lot more people killed," Janoct Ajda said.  "One guy got ran over like a couple blocks down from my house by someone who was on the phone texting."

Currently 35 states, including our neighbors in Iowa and Minnesota ban texting while driving. But even if the bill passes in South Dakota, many feel it'll be tough to enforce. 

"I'm actually from Minnesota, so I'm like if I'm talking on the phone and I see a cop car coming I'm like hold on a second and put my phone down like by my side. I think a lot of people could probably get away with it," Church said.

What do you think? Should South Dakota ban texting while driving? Click on our KELOLAND News Facebook page to leave a comment.

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