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Cell Phone Ban For Young Drivers In SD Takes Effect Monday

Cell Phone Ban For Young Drivers In SD Takes Effect Monday

A new law making it illegal for young drivers to use a cell phone while driving takes effect in South Dakota on Monday, July 1.  The law, passed this year, prohibits anyone who holds a learner’s permit or a restricted minor’s permit from using any handheld communication device while driving.  Generally, such permits are issued to persons between the ages of 14 and 18.   The new law will be enforced as a secondary offense, meaning a young driver would have to be stopped for another offense before a ticket could be issued for driving while using a handheld communications device.  In Mitchell, all drivers are banned from texting while driving, regardless of age.

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