In South Dakota, texting while driving is illegal. But there are no restrictions on talking on the phone while operating a vehicle.
South Dakota’s texting law prohibits all drivers from using a wireless communication device to write, send, or read a text message (or any other text-based communications) while operating a vehicle.
South Dakota’s texting ban includes a number of exceptions. The restriction doesn’t apply to drivers who are:
A texting-while-driving violation is a petty offense that carries a $100 fine but no demerit points.
In certain situations, a texting-while-driving violation could lead to reckless driving charges. And if a distracted driving offense contributes to the death of another person, vehicular homicide charges are a possibility.