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

Brookings Officials Talk Texting Ban



Bookmark and Share

There are a handful of states that don't have a uniform statewide ban for texting and driving and South Dakota is one of them.

Less than two months ago, Sioux Falls enforced a citywide ban against texting and driving and so far, police has written not a single ticket.

Despite the lack of citations in Sioux Falls, Brookings is now proposing the exact same ban.

On Tuesday, the Brookings City Council made the decision to move forward with drafting a citywide ordinance that, if passed, would ban texting and driving.

One of the main supporters, the Brookings Chief of Police, Jeff Miller, was there to voice his opinion.

"I support such an ordinance or such a ban," said Miller.

Chief Miller has been in contact with Sioux Falls's Chief of Police following the enforcement of a texting and driving ban.

Although Sioux Falls police have not issued any citations since the ban went into effect on September 28th, Chief Miller does not believe the purpose of the ordinance is to write tickets.

"The intent is to raise awareness of the dangers of texting and driving," said Miller.

Tim Reed, the Mayor of Brookings, said being the second city to take steps forward to a ban is good, but he's hoping a more uniform ban will be in the near future.

"We have to take into consideration that there's a good chance the state will take a look at a texting ban also," said Reed.

Councilwoman Jael Thorpe agrees and said she supports the message to promote safety, but doesn't think the decision should be put in the hands of Brookings officials.

"That is the responsibility of the state to create a statewide ban," said Thorpe.

She said the council should wait until the Legislative session happens before making any rash decisions.

For Chief Miller, he said action should happen now.

"I would rather have something in place, rather than wait for another tragedy to happen in Brookings," said Miller.

Miller said he hopes with a ban in place, people will abide by city rules.

"You have people that know the law exists and they're going to obey it, simply because it exists," said Miller.

The council members did not officially vote on anything on Tuesday, but the majority agreed to draw up a city ordinance that will be open for public input at their next meeting to determine if this proposed ban passes.

The next Brookings city council meeting is on  December 4th.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SF Sets New Building Permit Record: $610M  story with video

The City of Sioux Falls will be ringing in the New Year with a new multi-million ...

Woman Gets DUI In Hamlin Co. Crash

Authorities say a Bryant woman was driving under the influence when she crashed her car into a utility ...

Search Resumes For AirAsia Jet

Officials say ships and planes are resuming their search for AirAsia Flight 8501 ...

High Demand For Gift Cards During Holidays   story with video  Dec. 28

Update: SF Police Investigate Armed Robbery  Dec. 28

Family Says Hartford Man Died From Flu  Dec. 28

SFPD Arrests Man For Sunday Morning Murder  Dec. 28

Walmart Buys Unused & Unredeemed Gift Cards  Dec. 28

Data: Iowa School Buses Flagged For Safety Issues  Dec. 28

South Dakota Stores See Sales Spike From Tax Break  Dec. 28

South Dakota December Hog Inventory Up 4 Percent  Dec. 28

SD State Parks To Host First Day Hikes  Dec. 28

SF Police To Take Underprivileged Children Bowling  Dec. 28

Grants Available For Youth Conservation Education  Dec. 28

Mammoth Site Scientists Help Study Rare Bison  Dec. 27

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Corson Co. Collision  Dec. 27

Recent Snowfall Causing Delays & Scares   Dec. 27

Hamlin Co. Deputy: "No Ice Is Safe Ice"   story with video  Dec. 27

Hendricks Residents Welcome New Theater  story with video  Dec. 27

1 Dead, 1 Injured In Collision Near Philip  Dec. 27

KDLT News Archive
     

Family Says Hartford Man Died From Flu

An elementary school counselor from West Central ...

SFPD Arrests Man For Sunday Morning Murder

Sioux Falls Police are investigating a murder that ...

Walmart Buys Unused & Unredeemed Gift Cards

Up to $750 million in gift cards will go unused this ...

Update: SF Police Investigate Armed Robbery  Dec. 28

Woman Gets DUI In Hamlin Co. Crash  Dec. 28

High Demand For Gift Cards During Holidays   story with video  Dec. 28

Search Resumes For AirAsia Jet  Dec. 28

South Dakota Stores See Sales Spike From Tax Break  Dec. 28

KDLT News Archive
     

SDSU's Upset Bid At UNI Falls Short  story with video

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – For the second time in as many games, South Dakota ...

Coyotes Crush Milwaukee  story with video

VERMILLION, S. D. —South Dakota junior guard Casey Kasperbauer made ...

Stampede Shock Sioux City In Shootout  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD—After going over two years without a ...

PARKSTON CLASSIC: Ethan Outlasts Sully Buttes  story with video  Dec. 27

MIKE MILLER CLASSIC: Washington Rolls While Mitchell Falls  story with video  Dec. 27

Stampede Rally Past Fargo In Shootout  story with video  Dec. 27

Skyforce Snap Austin's 10-Game Win Streak  story with video  Dec. 27

ENTRINGER CLASSIC: Madison & Deuel Win Nailbiters  story with video  Dec. 27

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top