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SOUTH DAKOTANS MAY NOW TEXT 9-1-1 FOR HELP

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SOUTH DAKOTANS NOW HAVE THE ABILITY TO TEXT EMERGENCY MESSAGES TO THE 9-1-1 LINE WITH DISCRETION.

LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES SAY THE NEW SERVICE IS VITAL IN CASES WHERE TALKING MIGHT ENDANGER THE CALLER, SUCH AS A KIDNAPPING OR A HOSTAGE SITUATION.

THEY SAY IT’S ESPECIALLY HELPFUL FOR THE DEAF, THE MUTE, AND THE HARD-OF-HEARING.

TEXT-TO-9-1-1 IS AVAILABLE STATEWIDE, EXCEPT IN TODD COUNTY, THOUGH THAT COUNTY SHOULD BE READY TO GO SOON.