Post Tagged with: "traffic laws"

Some Thoughts on a Cell Phone/Texting Ban

Some Thoughts on a Cell Phone/Texting Ban

This PJTV discussion casts good light on discussions of cell phone bans and texting bans, both here in South Dakota and nationally. If something is already illegal according to existing law, do we need another law? Does passing a law fix a problem?

Read more ›
A map showing U.S. states currently offering Powerball and Mega Millions, as of June 2009. Red states offer PowerBall, blue states offer Mega Millions, and fuchsia states offer both. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Did Powerball people make the right decision?

South Dakota was one of the first states to get on the band wagon supporting the decision to raise the price of a Powerball ticket from $1 to $2. The lottery folks said the higher price tickets would mean larger prizes. However, opponents argue that the lottery should be pushing for more prizes instead of larger prizes. Also, a look at speeding penalties and banning cell phones while driving.

Read more ›
South Dakota 2011 Highway Fatality Count Lowest in Nearly 50 Years

South Dakota 2011 Highway Fatality Count Lowest in Nearly 50 Years

Preliminary reports show South Dakota recorded 109 highway fatalities in 2011, the lowest number in nearly 50 years, the State Office of Highway Safety says. Highway Safety Director Lee Axdahl said one year doesn’t make a trend, but the 2011 crash reports support the comprehensive approach safety advocates have taken in trying to reduce the needless deaths and injuries on South Dakota’s highways.

Read more ›
‘No email is worth a human life’

‘No email is worth a human life’

Will South Dakota go along with the recommendation of the federal safety investigators to ban cellphone use for all vehicle drivers? That is a question our legislature will have to deal with in the upcoming session that gets underway next week. As of now, our state is one of nine states with no laws prohibiting cellphone use i.e. texting, or talking behind the wheel. Is this about to change?

Read more ›