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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.
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