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Sioux Falls Texting Ban Goes Into Effect Friday

Jordin Sparks shows off her ‘TXTING KILLS’ ring. (Mark Von Holden/Getty Images)

Starting this Friday it will be a crime to text while driving in the city of Sioux Falls.

Many people are wondering what is still allowed and what isn’t. The City of Sioux Falls has published an FAQ page on their website that details the new ordinance.

What does the law do?

Beginning Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, Sioux Falls City Ordinance will prohibit drivers from texting, emailing, instant messaging and surfing the internet while their vehicle is a part of traffic within the city limits of Sioux Falls.

Am I allowed to text, email, instant message or surf the internet at a traffic light or stop sign?

The ordinance prohibits doing any of these activities while a “part of traffic,” which does include stopping at a stop light or stop sign.

What is the fine for violating this law?

Violation of this ordinance is punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $200.

May a police officer pull over a driver expected of violating this ordinance, or does an officer need to witness another violation?

Violation of this ordinance is considered a primary offense, which means that a police officer may pull over a driver suspected of texting, emailing, instant messaging and surfing the internet.

Am I prohibited from using my GPS unit or using my cell phone to make calls while driving?

The ordinance does not prohibit the use of a GPS unit or making a cell phone call.

You can also read the entire ordinance on the city’s website. There is also an informational flyer being distributed it.

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