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South Dakota Senate committee passes ban on texting and driving

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South Dakota's Senate Transportation heard a bill on the ban of using electronic devices while driving in the state.

The bill's sponsor Republican Senator Mike Vehle, of Mitchell, has brought the bill to the legislator for a few years. He says it's "not about tickets or fines, it's about a culture of no texting while driving."

Oh how the culture has changed. A State Farm Insurance lobbyist fiddled with his phone during his testimony, in an effort to show how easily a phone can be distracting.

The lobbyist also spoke about how the ban started with texting and driving. However, he said the culture is changing as more people use their phones for Internet and Social Media use. He pointed to what he called "alarming" statistics of how many people use their phone more than a phone.

The bill passed the Senate Transportation Committee by a vote of 5-2. It is debated next on the Senate floor.

KSFY News Reporter Courtney Collen is in Pierre and has the story tonight on KSFY News.

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