Jackie Hendry

Project Stand Up was first used to text anonymous drug tips to law enforcement. Now it’s expanding to cover concerns about school safety, making South Dakota the 7th state in the nation with such a program. 

By texting the word SAFE to the Project Stand Up number, users answer prompts about the potential threat. Those messages are monitored in real time and sent to appropriate law enforcement and school administrators.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakotans can now report tips about illegal drugs through text messages. Project Stand Up is a statewide campaign that collects anonymous tips about drug crime. Authorities say the program is part enforcement and part deterrent.

With one word and five numbers, people who suspect illegal drug activity can report it. South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley says cell phone users text "drugs" to 82257.

In The Moment January 18 2017 Show 012 Hour 1

Guests: Lisa Napoli, ; SDPB's Kealey Bultena; Walker Duehr, USHL hockey player with the Chicago Steel; Jimmy O'Lander, play by play announcer with the Sioux Falls Stampede; Cassondra Grogan, elementary school teacher with the Mitchell School District

A texting while driving ban is headed for the full South Dakota House of Representatives. Committee members unanimously support the bill. Supporters want one uniform law to govern texting behind the wheel.

House Bill 1177

Feb 10, 2014

A bill that would strip local governments of their authority to enact distracted driving ordinances, including bans on texting and driving has passed the House Judiciary Committee. House bill 1177 would replace local bans on texting and driving with a statewide ban. But critics say the statewide ban would be far weaker than those bans adopted in seven cities, including Sioux Falls. SDPB reporter Kealey Bultena discussed more details on the bill.

A distracted driving bill in South Dakota’s Statehouse looks drastically different now than when Wednesday began. Members of the state’s House Judiciary committee overhauled a measure to limit cell phone use while on the road. The new legislation includes a public awareness campaign.

What began as a move to restrict local government regulation on distracted driving is now 20-14’s version of a texting while driving ban. Lawmakers hoghoused – or completely changed – House Bill 1177.

South Dakota’s largest city now officially bans texting while driving. A Sioux Falls city ordinance goes into effect Friday that makes it illegal to text or email when behind the wheel.