SD Legislative Panel Passes Statewide Texting Ban

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PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – A South Dakota House committee has approved a proposed statewide ban on texting while driving.

House Speaker Brian Gosch of Rapid City initially introduced a bill that sought to prevent local governments from passing and enforcing their own distracted driving ordinances. But at a committee hearing last week, he changed the bill to ban texting while driving statewide.

The bill says local officials would still be banned from passing their own distracted driving ordinances – something Gosch says existing law already prevents them from doing.

Gosch’s bill would enact a state law that would replace stronger bans passed by some cities.

The bill would make it a petty offense, carrying a $25 fine, to text while driving.

The Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to send the measure to the full House.

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