Castlewood man testifies on distracted driving bill (Audio)

February 14, 2020

PIERRE, S.D.—South Dakota’s House Transportation Committee passes a measure that would make the use of electronic devices while driving a primary offense. It makes an exception for making phone calls.

Such uses are already prohibited but only as a secondary offense, meaning you can’t be pulled over for texting and driving, but it could be added to other violations.

The bill also specifically states it would be illegal to use social media while driving.

The measure’s sponsor is Representative Doug Barthel of Sioux Falls. He says the law needs more teeth…

Jeff Dahl of Castlewood lost his son in 2014 to a distracted driving crash. He held up the phone his son had been using…


No one testified against the bill and it made it through committee on a 10-1 vote and now moves to the House floor.

A similar bill last year was only one vote shy in the Senate of passing.