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House passes tougher punishments for texting and driving

XGR-Texting and Driving Bill

PIERRE, S.D. — Lawmakers in the South Dakota House have 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 law allows a fine of $100 for highway drivers who text.

The bill would apply the ban to all roads and anyone using mobile devices for social networking sites.

It would increase violations to a criminal offense, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.


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