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MERCER: Help drive a trend: Turn off the phone while at the wheel

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PIERRE -- I often turn off my cell phone for hours at a time. I often don't take it with me around town. Seldom do I text. I have no apps.

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I once put a friend's phone number in its memory. He now has a different number.

But when I travel outside Pierre, I take my cell phone.

That's why I truly fear -- and support -- South Dakota's texting ban that takes effect July 1.

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