2018 House Bill 1230 - House

State of South Dakota  
NINETY-THIRD SESSION
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY, 2018  

635Z0584   HOUSE ENGROSSED    NO.  HB 1230 -  2/14/2018  

Introduced by:    Representatives Hawley, Ahlers, Barthel, Bartling, Bordeaux, Kettwig, Lesmeister, McCleerey, Otten (Herman), Reed, Ring, Rozum, Smith, Wismer, and York and Senators Tidemann, Kennedy, and Rusch
 

        FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to provide for the primary enforcement of the law prohibiting certain electronic communications while operating a motor vehicle and to revise the penalty for a violation of that law.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
    Section 1. That ยง 32-26-47 be amended to read:
    32-26-47. No person may operate a motor vehicle on a highway while using a handheld electronic wireless communication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication. This section does not apply to a person who is using a handheld electronic wireless communication device:
            (1)    While the vehicle is lawfully parked;
            (2)    To contact any emergency public safety answering point or dispatch center;
            (3)    To write, read, select, or enter a telephone number or name in an electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call; or
            (4)    When using voice operated or hands free technology.
    State or local law enforcement agencies shall enforce this section as a secondary action. A violation of this section is a petty offense with a fine of one hundred dollars.

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