AT ISSUE: Will South Dakota go along with the recommendation of the federal safety investigators to ban cellphone use for all vehicle drivers? That is a question our legislature will have to deal with in the upcoming session that gets underway next week. As of now, our state is one of nine states with no laws prohibiting cellphone use i.e. texting, or talking behind the wheel. Is this about to change?
BEFORE THE discussion about banning cellphone use by drivers of moving vehicles in South Dakota gets started in the upcoming legislative session I would suggest that discussion may be more like a football game. The gates will open for that session (football game) next Tuesday with the five members of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on one team and folks (some legislators) like state Rep. Betty Olson, R-Prairie City, on the other.
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