- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard has signed a bill to ban texting while driving.

He said in a statement that he hopes the new law will encourage South Dakotans to keep their eyes on the road and away from their phones.

The law takes effect July 1. It makes texting while driving a secondary offence. People pulled over for other traffic infractions can be charged an additional $100 if they were also texting.

The state Department of Public Safety will create an ad campaign to educate people about the new policy.

Legislators who supported the measure said making texting while driving illegal will discourage and minimize it.

The details of the measure provoked a lot of debate among lawmakers. It passed the House and Senate with wide margins of support.

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