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No Texting While Driving Tickets Given Out In SF

October 20, 2012, 10:04 PM by Hailey Higgins

No Texting While Driving Tickets Given Out In SF
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

For more than three weeks, Sioux Falls police have had the power to ticket anyone they see sending an electronic message while driving within city limits. It's a stiff penalty, up to $200 and 30 days in jail. But zero tickets have been issued so far.

"I'm not really surprised because I think it would be something that's tough to enforce because you have to catch the person in the act," Brendan Hurley said.

"I kind of think they're not looking for it. It's kind of hard to tell because people could sit there and go like this and it's underneath the steering wheel," Jenna Foster said.

"It's hard. You could always say you weren't," Alex Bormann said. "I don't see how they're going to prove it."

And while police have yet to give a single ticket for someone texting while driving, the people we spoke with say they still see it happening.

"I think it's kind of crazy," Foster said. "I still see people doing it. Most of the time I'm in a car with someone, they're doing it."

"I'll be honest. I still do but it's always at a stop light like if I'm stopped," Bormann said.

And while texting still happens on Sioux Falls roads, drivers we spoke with are happy the ordinance was passed. 

"It would be so wasteful to have an injury or death caused by something as avoidable as texting while driving. So hopefully it gets more serious; hopefully they crack down on it and can prevent some serious injury or death of someone in Sioux Falls," Hurley said.

Sioux Falls is the only city in South Dakota with a texting ban.

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