The 2014 state legislature passed two new laws about cell phones. The first makes texting while operating a motor vehicle illegal throughout the state of South Dakota. This law makes texting a driving a “secondary offense”, which means that you have to be pulled over for some other violation first. “Texting” includes writing, sending, and/or reading any text-based communication while driving. While several cities within the state previously had similar laws, House Bill 1177 makes texting and driving a ticketable offense throughout the state.
In addition, Senate Bill 13 was passed, which makes the use of cell phones while driving a commercial vehicle a serious traffic violation. Both of these new laws are now in effect as of July 1, 2014.
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