South Dakota has distracted driving laws that generally prohibit texting, cell phone use, and other electronic device use while driving. This article covers the specifics of the law, including the penalties you'll face for a texting or cell phone ticket in South Dakota.
South Dakota has two distracted driving laws: one that generally applies to using an electronic device while driving and another that specifically addresses social media while driving.
South Dakota's distracted driving law simply states "no person may operate a motor vehicle while using a mobile electronic device." However, the law is more precisely defined by its exceptions. The electronic device use restriction doesn't apply to:
South Dakota law prohibits accessing, reading, or posting to a social networking site while operating a motor vehicle. (S.D. Codified Laws § 32-26-47.2.)
Distracted driving violations are class 2 misdemeanors in South Dakota. For a violation, the driver will generally need to pay $178.50.