Our Voice: Follow Mitchell’s lead on texting ban; scrape off offensive stickers

Farm Forum

Two more things to think about in your car today:

• You can’t tweet on the street in Mitchell anymore.

The Mitchell City Council has banned texting and driving in the city. Mitchell joins Sioux Falls, Brookings, Watertown, Vermillion and Huron in enacting local bans, according to The Associated Press.

Mayor Ken Tracy was quoted as saying the goal isn’t to issue tickets, but to raise awareness.

He’s got the right idea.

Mayor Mike Levsen broached the topic at a recent Aberdeen City Council meeting. We’d like to see it go further than talking.

State legislators have failed to pass a statewide ban on texting while driving. Aberdeen should take its cue from the other big cities on this side of the river.

• A reader contacted us recently, disgusted by bumper stickers on a truck picking up children from Lincoln Elementary.

Yes, the stickers were offensive and stupid — maybe even aggressive.

The driver, at best, showed a clear lack of judgment.

We’ve seen our share of “TruckNutz” and stickers of Calvin defacing Ford logos, but F-bombs and commands of “Show me your . . . ” do not belong near a school, or children or adults who have matured past age 11, for that matter.

Despite being the catalyst of a story, a letter to the editor and this editorial, we suspect this driver is incapable of shame.

— American News editorial board