User uShare Login | Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.

50° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options



Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started. | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!


Iowa's Texting Ban Moves Forward

February 25, 2010, 5:55 PM by Don Jorgensen

Iowa's Texting Ban Moves Forward
ROCK RAPIDS, IA - Iowa could become the next state to crack down on texting while driving. The state senate passed a bill that bans texting while driving, including an amendment that includes reading text messages as well as sending them. 

Iowans we talked with say it's about time.

Sara Delfs admits she used to text while driving, but a frightening experience brought that to a screeching halt. 

"I actually had somebody come in my lane one time and it looked like they were texting and I have two little kids so I try not to do any of that," Delfs said.

Joan Saeger agrees and has seen first-hand how dangerous it is. 

"Our grandson got ran into in Sioux Falls by someone who was texting.  I think they do that stuff too much," Saeger said. 

"I think it's a no brainer! Why would we let someone text and drive, I don't know.  I think that's really stupid," Shirley Roach said.

Roach hopes it passes in Iowa and sends a clear message to other states. 

"I think about South Dakota with 14-year-old kids driving and texting, whoopie," Roach said.

According to the bill in Iowa, no tickets would be issued the first year. After that, drivers caught sending or reading a text message would face a $30 fine. 

The bill that currently is being debated toughens the penalties even more if you're involved in an accident that results in injury or even death.

The fines would be $500 for texting and $1,000 for reading a text, plus their driver's license could be suspended as well.  That would be fine with the motorists we talked to in Rock Rapids, Iowa. 

"I don't think it's a good thing they should get a ticket for that," Saeger said.

The bill passed in the senate by a vote of 44-6 and now returns to the House for further debate.

Previous Story

Next Story



You may also like

Helicopter Crash Near Parkston Under Investigation

10/5/2015 11:25 AM

Emergency crews responded to a helicopter crash near Parkston Monday morning. 

Full Story
Bosworth's Husband Facing Felony Charges

10/5/2015 10:50 AM

The husband of former GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Annette Bosworth now faces felony charges.

Full Story
Fishermen Find Body Of Sioux Falls Man In Oakwood Lake

10/6/2015 12:30 PM

The Brookings County Sheriff's Office says the body of 73-year-old Martin Jepson was found floating in the lake around 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Full Story
Huron Man Killed In Motorcycle-Semi Collision

10/3/2015 1:51 PM

A Huron man was killed in a crash on US Highway 14 Friday afternoon.

Full Story
Mitchell Superintendent Defends 'Second Job'

10/5/2015 10:02 PM

Our KELOLAND News investigation revealed some of the problems surrounding the multimillion dollar GEAR UP grant that caused the state to end its partn...

Full Story | Watch