Sturgis and SD laws

1. Don't drink and drive.

2. Make certain you have photo identification with you.

3. Make certain all the lights and safety devices are functioning properly on your bike.

4. Inspect your bike before you come to SD, especially if you've purchased an older bike and you know it has pieces of other motorcycles on it. There will be motorcycle theft specialists here from all over the continent who will walk around the town's streets and inspect serial numbers. The law requires them to seize any motorcycle that has parts with inconsistent numbers, or if the serial numbers look like they've been altered. If you have such a bike, either ride a different bike, or be certain to bring along written documentation to prove the legality of the inconsistent or altered-looking numbers.

5. Do not, if you're driving a four-wheeled vehicle, hang anything from the mirror. Not even a crucifix or a thread.

6. Check SD law if you've any questionable equipment on your bike.

 

The Full Throttle and Pappy Hoel Campground is not located within the city of Sturgis; therefore, the Sturgis municipal ordinances do not apply at the campground. The following information is provided so you'll know what Sturgis expects when you are in town.

1. Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one but no more than two headlamps.

2. The handlebars of a motorcycle must be no higher than the shoulder height of the person operating the motorcycle.

3. All persons under the age of 18 must wear motorcycle safety helmets that are approved by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.

4. A person riding in an enclosed cab attached to a motorcycle does not have to wear a safety helmet.

5. A motorcycle operator must wear an eye protective device unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen of sufficient height and design that protects the motorcycle operator.

6. When headlights are required to be on, a motorcycle operator cannot wear protective eye devices that are tinted or shaded to reduce the light transmission of the device below 35 percent.

7. Motorcycles must have at least one taillamp, which when lighted emits a red light visible for a distance of 500 feet.

Ordinances and Fines

City Ordinances

 

 

Indecent Exposure #12.0802 $111.00
Open Container In Public #13.0155 $61.00
Deposit of Filth #12.0601 $86.00
Disorderly Conduct #13.0102 $111.00
Careless Driving #16.0219 $91.00
City Parking Violations #16.0507 $10.00
City Trespassing #13.0113 $111.00
Dog Running at Large #1.0209 $56.00
Parking in Handicapped Zone #16.0507 $100.00
Reckless Driving #16.0218 Custody Arrest
Truck Route Violations #16.0222 $91.00
Use of Sound Amplification Device: #13.0116 Court Appearance Req.
Driving on Bike Path/Sidewalk #14.0303/16.0216 $111.00
Exhibition Driving #16.0225 $66.00

 

State Laws

Driving while license cancelled #32-12-65(3) $144.00
Violation of Restricted License #32-12-74 94.00
Revoked Drivers License #32-12-65(1) Custody Arrest
Furnish Alcohol to Minor(18-21) #35-9-1.1 Court Appearance Req
Open Container in Motor Vehicle #35-1-9.1 $94.00

 

Possession of Controlled Substance #22-42-5 Custody Arrest
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia #22-42A-3 $244.00
Possession of Marijuana #22-42-6 Custody Arrest
Poss of Substances for High Abuse (Distribution): #22-42-2 Custody Arrest

Motorcycle Laws

Carrying pistol or revolver without a permit #22-14-9 Custody Arrest
Cyclists Overtaking in Same Lane #32-20-9.2 $94.00
Eye Protection Required #32-20-4.1 $20.00
Helmet Required (under age 18)#32-20-4 $94.00
Illegal Handlebar Height#32-20-3 $20.00
Illegal Exhaust Motorcycle#32-20-5 $20.00
Operation W/O Motorcycle Endorsement#32-20-2 $94.00

 

Equipment

  • Every motorcycle must be equipped with at least one but no more than two headlamps.
  • The handlebars of a motorcycle must be no higher than the shoulder height of the person operating the motorcycle.
  • All persons under the age of 18 must wear motorcycle safety helmets that are approved by the South Dakota Department of Transportation.
  • A person riding in an enclosed cab attached to a motorcycle does not have to wear a safety helmet.
  • A motorcycle operator must wear an eye protective device unless the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen of sufficient height and design that protects the motorcycle operator. When headlights are required to be on, a motorcycle operator cannot wear protective eye devices that are tinted or shaded to reduce the light transmission of the device below 35 percent.
  • Motorcycles must have at least one tail lamp, which when lightened emits a red light visible for a distance of 500 feet.

Noise Limits

  • Every motorcycle must at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise. (Source: AAA Motor Law Digest, 68th (2002) Edition.)

Licensing

  • Anyone who operates a motor vehicle or motor-driven cycle on public roadways in South Dakota is required to have a driver license. You are required to have a South Dakota driver license if you live here for more than 90 days. If you are a commercial driver license holder, you must apply for a South Dakota license within 30 days. The following people can drive on a valid license from their home state, so long as they are at least 16 years old. South Dakota law (SDCL 32-12-39) states that every licensee shall have their Drivers License in their immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle.
    • Military - Members of the Armed Forces on active duty or members of foreign military on temporary duty with the Armed Forces, as well as their spouse and children.
    • Student - Students who are here to further their education and who are considered a non-resident for tuition purposes.
  • To obtain a Motorcycle License, you must be at least 16 years of age and pass the vision, knowledge (car/truck and motorcycle), and motorcycle driving test. If a minor is at least 16 years of age, but under 18 years of age, they must complete the requirements of the Instruction Permit and have not been convicted of a traffic violation during the past six months prior to obtaining the Motorcycle License. The license is valid for 5 years, for a cost of $8.00 for car/truck test plus $8.00 for motorcycle test.

The are many other common State Traffic Laws that are too numerous to mention which are enforced by all Law Enforcement agencies. If you have any questions regarding these laws or ones that are not listed, please feel free to contacts the Sturgis Police Department at our e-mail address or by using one of the methods below:

Sturgis Police Department
1400 Main Street
Sturgis, South Dakota
Phone: (605) 347-5070 or (605) 347-2573
Fax: (605) 347-6828
E-Mail: info@SturgisPolice.com

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