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Drivers weigh in on potential Sioux Falls texting & driving ban

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The rules of the road could be changing in Sioux Falls. The city council is considering an ordinance that would ban tweets, texts, and emails while driving on city streets.

Distracted driving has only gotten worse as cell phones and iPad's have made their way behind the wheel. But Sioux Falls is now fighting back with a potential city-wide ban on texting while driving.

"I think it's a good thing yeah, I've seen even my own daughters texting and not looking at the road, yeah it's a very dangerous thing." Said James Swartz.

Even those KSFY spoke with who don't fully support the ban, see it as a good thing.

"I think the majority of people who are doing it are probably younger drivers who aren't as experienced anyway, it's not something I have strong feelings about but I think it would increase some safety for drivers." Said Caitlin Anderson.

"Texting and driving is a mess and it leads to dangerous situations, if council leadership wants to tackle this I commend them!" Said Mayor Mike Huether.

The mayor says because the ban deals with public safety it is something the city can enforce. The council sub-committee endorsed the ban late Tuesday night. It's now a question of the writing appropriate language in the ordinance, so officers are able to fine violators.

"That's where Chief Barthel and his team will work with council leadership so when we put something together that we can actually enforce it." Said Huether.

But people KSFY spoke with don't think there will be a problem with enforcement.

"If they decide they want to I think they can easily." Said Swartz.

With Sioux Falls leading the way it could once again open the discussion for a statewide ban come next legislative session.

South Dakota has tried to impose a statewide texting while driving ban multiple times but failed to get enough votes.

The city's proposed ban will be heard in front of the council later next month.

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