PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) A ban on texting while driving takes effect in South Dakota next week-according to the state Office of Highway Safety. Lee Axdahl, director of the Highway Safety Office says the ban becomes law next Tuesday, July 1. Axdahl says people know that texting and other forms of distracted driving is unsafe and is a bad idea. He says officials believe the law will prompt more motorists to put their full attention to operating their vehicle. As part of the new law, the Department of Public Safety will run a statewide education campaign about the dangers of texting and driving. The Public Safety Department and Office of Highway Safety has already implemented a public awareness campaign which includes messages on texting and other forms of distracted driving. Plans call for an expanded campaign to be launched in the coming days. Axdahl says his office has previously focused safety messages on the fact that texting behind the wheel is dangerous and with the new law, they can also tell people it is illegal.
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