Has the Texting & Driving Ban Impacted Operators in Sioux Falls?
Posted on Nov 05, 2012
As of October 5, 2012, one week had passed under the new texting and driving ordinance in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Under the ordinance, texting while driving is now banned throughout the city. Surprisingly, according to a Sioux Falls police officer and a city councilor, police have not had to issue any citations or tickets to motor vehicle operators thus far. While the city council is pleased with these results, they also believe it is unrealistic to assume that all drivers have stopped texting.
Dustin Griffin, of Sioux Falls, was a witness to a major accident in which someone was killed by a driver who was texting while driving. Griffin indicated that now people throughout the city are aware of the dangers and are discussing the ordinance. While Griffin stated that he still texts occasionally, he does it in a “responsible” way, which is when he is at a stop light. However, under the law it is important that drivers know that texting has been banned even while waiting at a red light or stop sign.
City Councilor Sue Aguilar is hoping that the new law encourages people to change their driving habits and promotes safety behind the wheel. However, according to Sam Clemens of the Sioux Falls Police Department, drivers still are allowed to talk on their cell phones while driving. It is, therefore, the responsibility of the police officer to swear under oath that the driver was texting rather than placing a call.
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