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Historic texting ban passed in Pierre

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Sen. Dave Omdahl on floor (Download MP3)
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Pierre, SD (KELO-AM) The State Legislature Thursday easily passed South Dakota's first state-wide texting-while-driving ban and sent it on to Governor Duagaard.

This is a ban that nearly did not happen. The first team of negotiators working out differences couldn't get it done and the ban looked to be dead, but then a new team of negotiators was put to work and came up with a successful compromise.

The ban on Duagaard's desk, among many provisions, calls for $100 fines, makes texting while driving a secondary rather than a primary offense, and apparently will allow Sioux Falls and other communities with stronger bans to keep them.

 

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