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New ‘No Texting’ law in South Dakota to begin July 1

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PIERRE, S.D. (KTIV) - Beginning July 1, South Dakota drivers will no longer be able to use mobile devices - including cell phones - to text while they drive.

According to the South Dakota Department of Public Safety, the new law prohibits drivers from using a phone for social media purposes.

The law will allow you to hold the phone to your ear to talk, but any other entry other than putting in the phone number must be done in a hands-free mode.

Violation of the new law is a primary offense and is a Class 2 misdemeanor.

There are some exceptions to the law. These include:

Exceptions to the law are:

  • Emergency responders and public utility workers in the performance of their official duties;
  • Use of the device to report emergencies to emergency response agencies;
  • GPS or mapping programs can be used, but information cannot be entered into the device while driving;
  • Drivers can select a contact out of the device list to then use in a hands-free mode or activate or disengage hands-free mode.
  • To activate and deactivate hands-free mode.

Blake Branch

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