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Bill banning texting while driving heads to Idaho governor

Mar. 19, 2020 2:32 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation banning texting while driving but allowing hands-free uses such as talking or using the navigation function of an electronic mobile device headed to the governor on Thursday. The Senate voted 24-7 to approve the legislation backers say will save lives. Opponents said...

Lesa and Jeff Dahl of Castlewood testified about their son Jacob Dahl's death from distracted driving before the House Transportation Committee on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (Lisa Kaczke/Argus Leader via AP)

Parents plead for tougher texting while driving penalties

Feb. 22, 2020 1:01 AM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Jacob William Dahl was a 19-year-old Northern State University student when he was killed after running into the back of a soybean truck while looking at his cellphone. Dahl, a 2013 graduate of Castlewood High School, was "the greatest kid in the world," his father Jeff Dahl said. Jacob...

House passes tougher punishments for texting and driving

Feb. 19, 2020 5:27 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Lawmakers in the South Dakota House on Wednesday passed a bill that would make texting and driving a criminal offense. Rep. Doug Barthel, a Sioux Falls Republican, said he introduced the bill after hearing the stories of people who died in accidents involving a texting driver. Barthel...

Video shows driver in police vehicle texting behind wheel

Feb. 13, 2020 2:36 PM EST

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) — A video posted to Facebook has raised concerns after it showed a woman texting with both hands while driving in a police community service officer vehicle in Colorado. Texting while driving is prohibited under state law. The video posted Tuesday shows a woman driving a Loveland...