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Huron bans texting while driving

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Starting Thursday Huron will join Sioux Falls as the only two cities in South Dakota that have an official ban on texting while driving.

Huron will also add a distracted driving clause, which will fine a driver if they commit an infraction will not paying attention.

"Eating is included for those distractions.  Changing music, putting on make-up, lighting cigarettes, reading schools books while driving to school…all will be included"  Huron Police Chief Gary Will named as examples.

With more than 30,000 nationwide fatalities last year due to automobile accidents, Will says he is just trying to keep the roads safe.

"We don't want to have to issue tickets," Will told KSFY News.  "Our goal is to keep people alive, though."

The penalty for distracted driving will be a $15 dollar fine in addition to the $60 dollar court costs.

Will said for the month of January his team will be issuing warnings, but come February, those warnings will turn into tickets. 

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