HURON, S.D. (AP) - A new law taking effect Thursday bans texting while driving in Huron.

The ordinance approved by the City Commission last month also encompasses distracted driving, which includes everything from eating fast food to reading a newspaper while driving. The measure also bars drivers with learners' permits from talking on a phone while driving.

Police will be giving motorists a grace period while they become familiar with the new law. The fine for texting while driving will be $100, and the fine for distracted driving will be $15.

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