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SB 142 - Prohibits Texting While Driving - Key Vote

South Dakota Key Votes




Stage Details

Legislation - Referred to Committee (House) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (24-9) - (Key vote)

Title: Prohibits Texting While Driving

Vote Result
Yea Votes
Nay Votes
Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits texting while driving.

  • Prohibits an individual from using a wireless communication device to write, send, or read a written message while operating a motor vehicle, except in any of the following circumstances (Sec. 1):
    • The vehicle is lawfully parked;
    • The device is used to contact an emergency response vehicle;
    • The device is used to write, read, select, or enter a telephone number or name for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call; or
    • The individual is using voice-operated or hands-free technology. 
  • Classifies a violation of this bill as a Class 2 misdemeanor (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits municipalities from adopting or enforcing ordinances or policies that violate the provisions of this bill (Sec. 3).
Legislation - Introduced (Senate) -

Title: Prohibits Texting While Driving


  • Charles B. 'Charlie' Hoffman (SD - R) (Out Of Office)
  • Mike Vehle (SD - R) (Out Of Office)


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