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Councilor says texting ordinance will be amended tonight

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Sioux Falls City Council member Michelle Erpenbach says some changes will be proposed for the Sioux Falls ban on texting while driving at Tuesday's meeting.

Erpenbach says there has been some confusion about what will and what won't be illegal if this ordinance is passed in Sioux Falls. She says it is hand-held devices they are going after while someone is behind the wheel. She says if you have a GPS mounted on your car that's fine. She says they want to make sending messages back and forth using your hands, while behind the wheel, illegal.

Council member Erpenbach says tonight they will bring an amendment that will add the words hand-held into the ordinance and will take out the words GPS and Navigational Systems. Again she says if passed, those amendments will be added to hopefully cut down confusion over the ordinance.

Erpenbach says we need to think about texting and driving like drinking and driving. She says by texting behind the wheel we are making the roads unsafe and this is the point of this ordinance.

If it passes and you get a ticket you would be able to fight that ticket by getting a copy of your phone records and proving 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 7:00 p.m. If it passes it could take effect by the end of September.

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