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Sioux Falls councilors to vote on texting and driving ordinance Tuesday

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After being pushed back by two weeks, Sioux Falls city councilors will be voting on a texting and driving ordinance Tuesday night.

Everyone we met like Carla Martinez is against texting and driving.

"I think we should ban the texting and driving. I have two teenage daughters and I don't want to see them texting and driving," Martinez said.

Speaking of teenagers, 16-year-old Miranda Nagel has her driving permit but tells us she won't text and drive.

"A lot of people get into crashes and it's really dangerous and I don't think you should do it," Miranda Nagel said.

That advice could be coming from her dad, Brad.

"I preach to her about texting, really keeps your eyes off the road and it just takes that split second for something to happen really bad," Brad Nagel said.

Sioux Falls city councilors will be voting on this proposed ordinance Tuesday night. The vote was supposed to happen two weeks ago but it was delayed because one councilor wasn't able to attend the meeting and wanted to vote.

This ordinance goes deeper than just texting on our cell phones while driving. It's banning laptops, navigation systems like GPS, MP3 players and PDAs. Even voice-activated texting won't be allowed while you're behind the wheel.

"It's a really bad deal. I can see them putting the phone up to text and they shouldn't be at all, keep your eyes on the road," Brad Nagel said.

If it passes and you get a ticket, right now the maximum fine for a first offense is $250. But many people don't seem to mind the cost.

"That's fine. The higher the better," Martinez said.

If it passes and you want to fight that ticket, you'll have to get a copy of your phone records and prove you weren't violating the ban.

You can make your voice heard Tuesday. Councilors will be taking public comment. You can just show up at Carnegie Town Hall in Sioux Falls. The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

If it passes it could take effect by the end of September.

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