KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Tips To Not Text & Drive



Bookmark and Share

A texting and driving ban in South Dakota's largest city is said to go into effect at the end of September.

Soon, police in Sioux Falls will be cracking down on people trying to send or receive text messages while driving within city limits.

There are some ways people can prevent themselves from violating the new law.

People can download applications that actually block a person from getting a text while the car is moving or they can use voice commands like Siri on the iPhone.

The Cell Phone Guy owner, Tyler Childress, said they've just put in a huge order of bluetooths to meet the high demand before this citywide ban begins.

"We're probably ramping up 10-15 times what we're normally carrying in stock, just to make sure people have enough," said Childress.

Childress said bluetooths should be available to help prevent customers from texting on the road.

And speaking from experience, Childress said he's suffered the consequences two years ago, after getting into an accident when trying to contact his wife while driving.

"I wasn't paying attention to the road and got into an accident. Since then, we've made sure that we don't text while we're driving, try not to make phone calls," said Childress.

He said people could download applications that automatically disable their phone from sending or receiving text messages, which will enable as soon as you reach four miles hour.

“Apps out there based on GPS, so as you're moving, it can turn off data signal or certain things," said Childress.

These applications include Drive Safe and Text Smart, which are versions easy to download and don't cost a penny to use.

"It's pretty easy when the app is free, it's easy to say, hey, this is something I recommend to you, this is something that's free, it will help keep you here and we want you as a customer for a long time so we want to keep you around," said Childress.

And he said certain providers have also provided the dangers of texting behind the wheel through advertisements.

"They put a screen protector on all brand new phones that says 'texting and driving, it can wait,' so that really set an industry standard to let everybody know, hey it's a big deal," said Childress.

Childress said it was only a matter of time before this law passed and hopes people and his customers will follow the rules on the road.

"It takes so much attention to spell the words correctly, hit the send button, make sure you're attaching a picture and whatever, so I think it's a great idea," said Childress.

The ban goes into effect September 28th and violators could face a $200 fine.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

LifeLight Festival Brings Thousands   story with video

Despite the muddy conditions from recent rain, thousands of people are gathering in ...

Kids Participate In Wildlife Olympics

Children and their families had an active afternoon at Good Earth State Park with ...

Labor Day Weekend Travels Increase  story with video

Every year, millions of Americans take a long weekend to celebrate the men ...

Spearfish Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure  Aug. 30

Rapid City Schools Receive Cultural Grant  Aug. 30

Lead Woman Pleads Guilty In Child Rape  Aug. 30

SF Ranked High For Job Seekers Over 50  Aug. 30

Rapid City Gets Search And Rescue Dog  Aug. 30

SD Publishing House Earns Wilder Book  Aug. 30

SD U.S. Senate Candidates Debate At Fair  Aug. 29

17th Annual LifeLight Begins Despite Rain   story with video  Aug. 29

Medical Marijuana Protest Held In Huron   Aug. 29

South Dakota State Fair In Full Swing  Aug. 29

Social Media Guidelines For Teachers  story with video  Aug. 29

Iowa Packing Company Ordered To Pay For Violations  Aug. 29

South Dakota Settles Lawsuit Against Omnicare  Aug. 29

Rosholt Ethanol Plant Operating After 18 Months  Aug. 29

Child Immunization Rates Up In South Dakota  Aug. 29

Bomber Crews In ND, SD Learn From One Another  Aug. 29

Upgrading Pierre Stadium Would Cost $1.2 Million  Aug. 29

KDLT News Archive
     

SF Ranked High For Job Seekers Over 50

A social media and marketing company ranked Sioux Falls among the ...

Lead Woman Pleads Guilty In Child Rape

A Lead woman has pleaded guilty to having sex with ...

Spearfish Man Arrested For Indecent Exposure

Spearfish Police have arrested 32-year-old Joshua Michael ...

Rapid City Schools Receive Cultural Grant  Aug. 30

LifeLight Festival Brings Thousands   story with video  Aug. 30

Rapid City Gets Search And Rescue Dog  Aug. 30

Kids Participate In Wildlife Olympics  Aug. 30

Labor Day Weekend Travels Increase  story with video  Aug. 30

KDLT News Archive
     
Back To Top