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Texting Ban Carries $200 Fine For Offenders

September 5, 2012, 5:50 AM by Kellee Azar

Texting Ban Carries $200 Fine For Offenders

By the end of the month, drivers in Sioux Falls must stop texting while driving or face a hefty fine.

The ban the Sioux Falls City Council approved Tuesday night is a primary offense, which means police can pull you over for texting and driving.  It's a ticket that would cost $200, even for a first offense.

The council did make a few changes to the proposed ordinance before unanimously approving it.  They tried to clear up what could not be used in the car. For example GPS and navigation systems have been excluded from the ordinance and the wording now more specifically bans handheld devices.

That includes PDAs such as Blackberry devices, smart phones, cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, tablets and more.

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