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South Dakota Motorcycle Helmet Law

This list of South Dakota motorcycle helmet laws is a reference only and you should always refer to the South Dakota D.O.T. for current requirements.  Please e-mail us if you believe our South Dakota motorcycle helmet law information is out of date or otherwise incorrect.

SOUTH DAKOTA MOTORCYCLE HELMETS REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDERS UP TO AGE 18

STATUTE:

Title 32. Motor Vehicles. Chappter 32-20. Motorcycle Regulation. Section 32-20-4 Protective helmet required for minor -- Violation a 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. . . ."

FINE:

Title 32. Motor Vehicles. Chapter 32-20. Motorcycle Regulation. Section 32-20-4 Protective helmet required for minor -- Violation a misdemeanor. : 
". . . A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor."

STANDARDS:

Title 32. Motor Vehicles. Chappter 32-20. Motorcycle Regulation. Section 32-20-4 Protective helmet required for minor -- Violation a misdemeanor. : 
". . . of a type meeting department of transportation motor vehicle safety standard 218 as in effect on January 1, 1984."

State Funded Rider Education 
Available for all eligible applicants. 
May waive skills test for successful completion of rider ed. 
May waive knowledge test for successful completion of rider ed. 

Eye Protection 
Required unless equipped with wind screen. 

Daytime Use Of Headlight 
Modulating headlight permitted. 

Passenger Seat 
Required if carrying a passenger. 

Passenger Footrests 
Required if carrying a passenger. 

Mirror 
Required by law. 

65 MPH Speed Limit 
In effect on designated rural interstate highways. 

SOUTH DAKOTA: The purpose of the South Dakota Human Relations Act of 1972 is to protect the public health, safety and welfare. It is the policy of this State through the South Dakota state commission of human rights to prevent discrimination in employment housing and access to public accommodations. "Unfair or discriminatory practice" means any act or attempted act which because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability or national origin results in unequal treatment or separation or segregation of any person, or denies, prevents, limits, or otherwise adversely affect, the benefit or enjoyment by any person of employment. labor union membership, housing accommodations, property rights, education. public accommodations, and public services (emphasis added). South Dakota Codified Laws Chapter 20-13. Any person who exercise or enjoyment of rights secured by the Constitution or laws of the United States has been interfered with or attempted to be interfered with may bring a complaint to the South Dakota state commission of human rights. The Supreme Court ruled in the case of Cohen vs. California, 403 US 15 (1971) that individuals have the constitutional right under the First Amendment to wear clothing which displays writing or designs. In addition, the right of an individual to freedom of association has long been recognized and protected by the United States Supreme Court. Thus, a person's right to wear the clothing of his choice, as well as his right to belong to any club or organization of his choice is constitutionally protected, and persons or establishments who discriminate on the basis of clothing or club membership are subject to lawsuit.