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Sioux Falls considering a Texting & Driving ban

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We're all a little guilty of distracted driving behind the wheel, but are your habits bad enough to be a punishable offense?

Sioux Falls leaders are now looking to make the streets a little safer and it starts with your cell phone.

For drivers in Sioux Falls, the rules of the road could be about to change. The city council is considering adopting an ordinance that would make sending a tweet, text, or email while driving, illegal in the city limits.

the concern came from everyday people wanting to make Sioux Falls streets safer. In 2011, almost 900 car crashes in South Dakota were caused by distracted driving alone.

While this proposed ban won't eliminate car accidents, supporters believe drivers will definitely be more aware.

"Normally if there's a law or ordinance it makes people think twice about doing it and I think that's the spirit the city council has with this venture." Said Mayor Mike Huether.

The South Dakota Legislature has tried to pass a similar ban multiple times, but failed to get enough votes. Mayor Huether says he hopes Sioux Falls can help pave the way for safer roads across the state.

KSFY asked you on Facebook what you thought of the ban.  Almost all of you were in favor of it.

Diane Benz says it's should be a felony, just like drinking and driving. She says it's about putting the people around you in danger.

Tara Henning says people are only mad because the law isn't on paper. She says write it down and move on.

Distracted Driving in South Dakota

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