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Safety Laws in South Dakota

Headlights

Motorcycles

Headlights required during daylight.

Vehicles

Headlights must be turned on:

  • From 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise.
  • When visibility, due to weather or darkness, is limited to less than 200 ft ahead.

Cell Phones and Texting

As of March 2011, there are no statewide bans against cell phone use or texting.

Child Car Seat Laws

  • All kids under 5 years old and who weigh less than 40 lbs must ride in federally-approved car seat or booster.
  • All kids 17 years old and under must use a seat belt if they are not seated in a safety seat or booster.

Before buying a child car seat, be sure to read our article on How to Buy a Child Safety Seat.

Reporting a Drunk or Dangerous Driver

Dial 911 to report a driver you suspect of being drunk or a menace to the road. Try to provide the vehicle's license plate
number, make and model, location and travel direction.

Reporting Unattended Kids in Cars

Call 911 with the vehicle's location and description if you feel the child inside is in danger. Remain with the vehicle until authorities arrive.

Reporting Unattended Pets in Cars

If you sense that the pet's health is in danger due to cold or heat, call the local police department or animal control unit.

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