South Dakota Police React To Bill (HB 1088) To Boost Penalty For Distracted Driving

$500 for a text message? That’s how much you could pay if police catch you on your phone while driving. Lawmakers have cleared another hurdle to boost the penalty for driving while using electronic devices. House Bill 1088 passed the House Transportation Committee, 12-1. It now goes to the full House. The current law applies only to text messages. The new legislation would add many other activities including taking or looking at pictures or videos, checking social media, and playing games.

Standard rules tell us to keep both hands on the wheel, but left to our own devices, one hand often has a strong grip on our phones.