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Senate approves statewide texting ban

Posted: Tuesday, Mar 11th, 2014

PIERRE (AP) An effort to ban texting while driving in South Dakota could be in danger after the state passed a measure Monday that went further than the House may be willing to accept.

Senators voted 22-13 to pass the ban, which has already been passed by the House. But the Senate changed the measure to impose a higher fine and give law officers more authority to stop drivers just for texting while driving. The version passed by the House would prevent law officers from issuing tickets for texting behind the wheel unless they had pulled a driver over for another traffic violation.

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