Sioux Falls considers the need for a ban on texting and driving
Wednesday's deadly crash has people talking about the dangers of texting and driving.
Jennifer Deters of Sioux Falls says "just especially after what happened this week and I graduated with a lot of people that knew the victim that passed and we don't want to see it happen to another family"
Almost everyone thinks it's wrong, yet almost everyone does it.
Sue Aguilar, Sioux Falls City Council says "what I'm hearing though, is that people are saying 'well, they'll continue to do it until there's a law,' so that in itself tells me the law needs to be in place."
Even with a law in place, some people don't think that it will stop people from texting and driving.
Jennifer Deters's mom, Danna Deters says: "people don't care, even if the police drive up next to you, I came home from work today, same situation, there's a cop car next to me and somebody in front of me is obviously texting."
But some also think a ban would work.
Chelsey Weber of Sioux Falls says "honestly, I think if you can control people wearing seatbelts, you can control people texting. It needs to stop. Cops pull people over all the time for not wearing seatbelts, you can grab somebody for texting."
Rich Lauer, a Sioux Falls resident and concerned citizen, approached City Council to enact a ban on texting. He says it's just plain common sense.
"Would you say it's common sense not to become intoxicated and drive. Would you say it's common sense no to drive 60 mph in a school zone. I suspect it's common sense not to text and drive," Lauer said>
Aguilar says the ban would educate drivers about the dangers of texting and driving.
"It will be a primary offense, so that someone doesn't have to be stopped for another offense in order for the texting to be considered, so I think that this is a real positive start," Aguilar said.
If the texting ban passes in Sioux Falls, Aguilar hopes the state will take notice.
"What we're hoping is that we'll take a leadership role within the state of South Dakota and that this will be legislated on a state level," Aguilar said.
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