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Statewide texting ban goes into effect on July 1st

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 Many South Dakota communities already have local texting and driving bans, but starting July 1st, it'll be a state-wide law.

This law tells us that when we're sitting in the drivers seat, save your hands for the wheel, your eyes for the road, and just drive.

And with the state's new law against texting while behind the wheel, it raises questions if the ban is at odds with the supreme court's recent ruling protecting our rights to cell phone privacy. They say police can't search your phone without a warrant.

But some say this ruling won't change a thing when it comes to the ban on texting while driving.

Attorney Maxx Hickey said "the Supreme Court ruling really focused on the fact that when you're arrested, they have to get a warrant to search your phone, you're not going to be arrested for a primary offense such as a speeding ticket, they're not going to be able to search your phone at that time."

Sioux Falls Police officer Sam Clemens said "the way we've been operating against prohibitive use of electronic devices, we haven't been seizing phones and going through those. I think that's maybe a common misconception that people think that we're currently stopping cars if people are texting or on the internet, and grabbing their phones and going through them but that's simply not the case."

"This ruling by the us supreme court really isn't going to change the way we do things as far as this texting ban," Clemens said.

Taking a break from our phones is a hard habit to break, but anyone who texts while driving in South Dakota after July 1st, is breaking the law.

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