Legislative Affairs


AAA South Dakota strongly supports legislation now in the state Legislature to ban texting while driving in our state.  Studies at Virginia Tech show that you’re 23 times more likely to crash if you’re texting behind the wheel than if you’re not.  It’s a triple whammy: your hands are off the wheel, your eyes are off the road and your mind is not focused on driving.  We can’t think of anything more dangerous for road users.  It is time for South Dakota to join the 39 other states in the U.S. which have banned this high-risk activity by drivers. 



If you agree, please let your state lawmakers know you support Senate Bill 142, sponsored by 15 South Dakota representatives and 12 South Dakota senators.  This bill passed the South Dakota Senate by a vote of 24 to 9 and is now in the House.  Constituent opinions are very powerful.  Legislators say the sentiments expressed by the folks who actually for (or against) them is the most persuasive force influencing their votes.  If you are unsure who your specific state lawmakers are, plug in a street address and this website will tell you not only who they are but also how to contact them:




Time is of the essence.  Please – if you agree texting by drivers needs to be outlawed in South Dakota, act quickly.  For more information, contact marilyn.buskohl@aaasd.org.   


Thank you very much!