SD House Passes Bill Making Texting While Driving A Criminal Offense

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota House has passed a bill that would make texting and driving a criminal offense. Rep. Doug Barthel said he introduced the bill after hearing the stories of people who died in accidents involving a driver who was texting.

Current South Dakota law carries a $100 fine for highway drivers who text, but the bill expands the ban to include all roads and anyone using mobile devices for social networking sites while increasing the penalty to a maximum of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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