PIERRE — A proposed ban on texting while driving is likely to face a tough challenge in this year’s session of the South Dakota Legislature, according to a survey by The Associated Press.
A bill to prohibit texting while driving narrowly failed in the South Dakota House last year, and the survey results indicate that lawmakers could be closely split on the issue in the session that opens Tuesday.
As other states begin passing cell-phone laws, South Dakota lawmakers say they won’t be surprised if legislation to ban or limit the use of cellular phones while driving arises again in the next state legislative session.
“I do feel that there will be somebody that will bring it up again,” said state Sen. Mike Vehle, R-Mitchell. “I think that’s a distinct possibility.”
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