South Dakota city bans texting and eating while driving

South Dakota city bans texting and eating while driving

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South Dakota city bans texting and eating while driving

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on December 5, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 5 at 2:45 PM

Huron is the latest city in South Dakota to ban texting while driving.

KOKK radio reports that the ordinance approved by the City Commission on Monday night also encompasses distracted driving. Mayor Dave McGirr says that includes everything from eating pizza to reading a newspaper while driving. The ordinance also bars drivers with learners' permits from talking on a phone while driving.

The ordinance will go into effect sometime around the start of the new year, with police giving motorists a grace period while they become familiar with the new law. The fine for texting while driving will be $100, and the fine for distracted driving $15.

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