SD Texting Ban Fails
February 27, 2013 9:19 PM
Despite recent support by lawmakers in Pierre, a statewide texting and driving ban in South Dakota won't be happening this Legislative session.
On Wednesday, the House Judiciary Committee voted eight to five against the bill, which passed the Senate and gained support from police chiefs and insurance lobbyists.
The bill was voted down today even though there was some tearful testimony from people, whose loved ones have been killed in texting-related wrecks.
No one spoke in opposition of the bill, but committee members who urged the bill's failure said there's not enough evidence proving bans effectively lower crash rates.
However, Sioux Falls residents feel there should be no question over whether to ban texting while driving in the state and hope other cities will take action.
"Hopefully they'll look to the communities like Sioux Falls that have already enforced it and do the same thing. I don't see any reason why you wouldn't want to enforce that law," said Brienne Maner, from Sioux Falls.
Similar bills failed in previous Legislative sessions, but supporters hoped this year would be different following a handful of citywide bans.
Four South Dakota cities in the past year have imposed bans on texting while driving including Sioux Falls, Brookings, Watertown and Huron.
Currently, 39 states have a statewide texting while driving ban.