Texting and Driving Ban Clears Hurdle in Mitchell, South Dakota

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The city of Mitchell, South Dakota has been pursuing the passage of a texting while driving ban for quite awhile now, but their efforts were put on hold as they awaited a decision at the state level on such a measure.  But now that a statewide ban has failed, the City Council is looking into a texting ban with a renewed fervor.  This past Monday, the first reading was carried out on a measure that would outlaw texting at the wheel in Mitchell.  Using the previously considered statewide ban as a template, the new bill passed its initial reading by a 5 to 3 margin.  The city’s Public Safety Chief spoke about how he would erect road signage to inform drivers about the ban should the law reach eventual passage.

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