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As the 2014 legislative session heads into its final days, a statewide texting while driving ban is in jeopardy as the South Dakota Senate and South Dakota House disagree on whether the act should be a primary offense. (File photo)

Texting ban in jeopardy as SD Senate issues dare to House

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PIERRE -- The Legislature's two sides are headed into a showdown over how tough to make a ban against texting while driving on South Dakota's streets and highways.

The Senate took the hard line Monday and adopted amendments that would make texting a primary offense -- meaning law enforcement could stop a motorist seen in the act -- punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

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