South Dakota Motorcycle Laws and Information
Motorcyclists Rights Organization (SMRO)
Motorcycle helmet law:
Protective helmet required for minor
Violation as misdemeanor.
No person under eighteen years of age may operate or ride upon a motorcycle on the public streets or highways of this state unless the person wears a protective helmet of a type meeting Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218 as in effect on January 1, 1984. No person may operate a motorcycle with any person under the age of eighteen as a passenger if the passenger is not wearing a protective helmet. A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor.
Other motorcycle laws:
Definition of terms.
Special qualification required to operate motorcycle--Exceptions--Valid license required to operate moped or all-terrain vehicle--Waiver of test--Violation as misdemeanor.
Required handlebar height--Violation as petty offense.
Protective helmet required for minor--Violation as misdemeanor.
Eye protective device or windscreen required--Violation as petty offense.
Protective devices not required of riders in enclosed cab.
Muffler required--Modification of muffler prohibited--Violation as petty offense.
Operator and passengers restricted to permanent and regular seats--Violation as misdemeanor.
Position of motorcyclist--Violation as misdemeanor.
Carrying package on motorcycle--Restrictions--Violation as misdemeanor.
Rider interfering with control or view of operator--Violation as misdemeanor.
Attachment to other vehicles prohibited--Violation as misdemeanor.
Carrying firearm on motorcycle or off-road vehicle--Exception for holder of concealed pistol permit or disabled hunter permit--Enforcement--Violation as misdemeanor.
Renting motorcycle to unauthorized person--Violation as petty offense.
Permitting other person to operate rented motorcycle--Violation as petty offense.
Operation of motorcycle in park or recreation areas as petty offense.
Motorcycle entitled to full traffic lane--Violation as misdemeanor.
Motorcycle prohibited from overtaking in same lane--Violation as misdemeanor.
Motorcycle operation between lanes prohibited--Violation as misdemeanor.
Policemen exempt from restrictions on use of lanes.
Restriction to two abreast--Violation as misdemeanor.
Motorcycle use on special occasions.
Off-road vehicles--Operation on certain lands as misdemeanor--Registration--Title certificate.
Ordinances prohibiting operation of off-road vehicles in ditches--Exceptions-- Regulatory signs.
All-terrain vehicle licensed as motorcycle--Requirements--Use on interstate highway system prohibited--Violation as misdemeanor.
Motorcycle safety education--Standards and procedures--Funding.
Budget and appropriation of revenue available for motorcycle safety education.
Display of blue light as part of rear brake light authorized.