Changes to State’s Move Over Law happen July 1

PIERRE, S.D. (Press Release) – New provisions in the state’s Move Over law take effect July 1.

Senate Bill 164 was passed by the 2020 state Legislature. The new provisions include:

*** The minimum fine for a violation for the move over law increases from $122.50 to $270;

*** If a driver fails to move over and causes a crash with an emergency vehicle, the offense increases to a Class 1 misdemeanor; and,

*** Along with moving over for emergency vehicles that are displaying flashing amber lights, traffic is now required to move over for authorized vehicles that use a blue light while working on a highway.  All traffic must still stop for emergency vehicles flashing red lights.

“It can be a safety risk for law enforcement, firefighters, emergency responders and others working along the roadside because they don’t know if approaching vehicles will move over,” said DPS Cabinet Secretary Craig Price. “These new provisions helped strengthen the current law. We appreciate the support of Gov. Kristi Noem, state Sen. John Wiik and state Rep. Tim Rounds on this legislation.”

The bill can be found here: