South Dakota Car Seat Laws
- In the State of South Dakota all children under the age of five (5) must be properly secured with a child passenger restraint system.
- The child passenger restraint system must be installed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- The child passenger restraint system must meet the Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 213 as of January 1st, 1981.
- Children that are under the age of five (5) but weigh a minimum of forty (40) pounds may be restrained with a vehicle Safety Belt.
South Dakota Seat Belt Laws
- In the State of South Dakota all drivers and front seat passengers must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system.
- The driver of a vehicle is responsible for making sure children between the five (5) and seven (7) years of age seated in the front seat of a vehicle is using a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system.
- The fine for a violation of the South Dakota Seat Belt Law is $25.
Exceptions to the South Dakota Seat Belt Law
- Vehicles manufactured before September 1, 1973.
- A written medical statement from a physician describing why the patient can’t wear a safety belt.
- United States Postal Service Rural mail carrier while delivering mail.
- Any person delivering newspapers or periodicals on an assigned home delivery route.
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