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(S.D.)-Texting Ban Moves Forward With Approval By Senate Panel

By: Chris Fankhauser Posted at: 02/19/2014 09:39 AM

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     PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota Senate committee has passed a bill that would ban texting while driving.
 
     The Senate Transportation Committee voted 5-1 to support the measure.
 
     The bill's main sponsor introduced an amendment during Wednesday's hearing to make the bill more like a similar measure coming out of the House.
 
     The House passed that bill on to the Senate last week. It includes a $25 fine for texting while driving.
 
     The Senate version includes a $100 fine. Only supporters testified on the measure, including law enforcement, insurance and medical association representatives.
 
     They say a texting ban is necessary to change a dangerous and pervasive habit. Supporters add that residents of the state want a uniform texting law.
 
     Many municipalities have established their own policies against the behavior.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press)


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