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RAPID CITY (AP) — Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender says he wants the South Dakota Legislature to pass a state law banning all kinds of distracted driving, including texting while behind the wheel.

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The Legislature this year passed a law prohibiting drivers younger than 16 from using cell phones while driving, but lawmakers have refused to pass a law banning all drivers from texting.

Allender hopes the 2014 Legislature will pass a bill that makes it illegal to text or do anything distracting behind the wheel. He says he’s seen young people eating a bowl of cereal on the way to school, steering with their knees as they use both hands to eat.