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South Dakota Car Seat Laws in 2020


In South Dakota law, a child under five years old and weighing under forty pounds must be properly secured in a child passenger restraint system meeting Department of Transportation safety standards and according to manufacturer’s instructions when being transported in a passenger vehicle on South Dakota’s streets and highways. A child under five years old and weighing at least forty pounds may be secured in a seat belt when being transported in a passenger vehicle on South Dakota’s streets and highways. 

A child between five and seventeen years old must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the vehicle if manufactured pursuant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, when being transported in a passenger vehicle operated on South Dakota’s public streets or highways at all times when the vehicle is in motion. 

A child between fourteen and seventeen years old must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the vehicle if manufactured pursuant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, when operating a passenger vehicle on South Dakota’s public streets or highways at all times when the vehicle is in motion.

Babies and Children Up to Four Years Old and Under Forty Pounds

A child under five years old and weighing under forty pounds must be properly secured in a child passenger restraint system meeting Department of Transportation safety standards and according to manufacturer’s instructions when being transported in a passenger vehicle on South Dakota’s streets and highways.

Babies and Children Up to Four Years Old and At Least Forty Pounds

A child under five years old and weighing at least forty pounds may be secured in a seat belt when being transported in a passenger vehicle on South Dakota’s streets and highways.

Children Five to Seventeen Years Old

A child between five and seventeen years old must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the vehicle if manufactured pursuant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, when being transported in a passenger vehicle operated on South Dakota’s public streets or highways at all times when the vehicle is in motion.

Children Fourteen to Seventeen Years Old Operating a Passenger Vehicle

A child between fourteen and seventeen years old must wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety seat belt system, required to be installed in the vehicle if manufactured pursuant to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, when operating a passenger vehicle on South Dakota’s public streets or highways at all times when the vehicle is in motion.

Penalties for Violations

A violation of South Dakota’s child passenger restraint system law is a petty offense. You may be ordered to pay a judgment amount of $25.00. No costs will be assessed.

Exemptions

Your child may be exempt from South Dakota’s child passenger restraint system law if he or she is being transported in a passenger car manufactured before 1966 that has not been equipped with seat belts.

* Ms. Blake is licensed in the state of Maryland. The information provided in this article does not constitute legal advice and does not create an attorney-client relationship.

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Denise practices family law at Blake Law, LLC in Westminster, Maryland. She holds a Juris Doctor with an emphasis in Family Law from the University of Baltimore School of Law.