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Simple do's and don'ts of the texting while driving ban

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In less than 24 hours, texting while driving will be a thing of the past, at least in Sioux Falls.

If you haven't heard,  the city will implement a new ordinance against texting and driving.

KSFY News attended the city's news conference today.

The mayor says the ban will not be a cure-all for all bad driving but says our city will be a safer place to drive.

Keep in mind the ban applies whenever you're in your car and it's in motion,  or if you're a part of traffic, such as sitting at a stop sign or stop light.

At a news conference held by the mayor, city councilor Sue Aguliar, Chief Doug Barthel and the city attorney's office, the city expressed it's hopes for what the ban will accomplish.

The city says people question whether they can do this or that with their phones.

Assistant city attorney Keith Allenstein has some helpful advice for all of us.

"The best advice that I could give would be to just use your phone as a phone.  If you're doing something more than just using your phone, you start to run into potential problems under this ordinance or a number of other ordinances. the more distractions you have, more than just talking on your phone, you could be in violation of careless driving, obstructing traffic and those things," Allenstein said.

Allenstein said if you do get a ticket, you won't have to prove your innocence on the spot.  You'll have your day in court like any other citation you might get.

And the city will have to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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