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Is Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Legal in South Dakota?

Motorcycle lane splitting is a controversial topic. Some people believe that it is a dangerous practice, while others find it to be a more efficient way to travel on the road. In South Dakota, motorcycle lane splitting is illegal. We will discuss the penalty for this offense, among other details.

Penalties for Lane Splitting in South Dakota

The penalty for motorcycle lane splitting in South Dakota is a fine and a Class 2 misdemeanor (Codified Law 32-20-9.2). This means that you could end up paying a hefty fine and even serving time in jail if you are caught lane splitting.

The Dangers of Lane Splitting

Lane splitting can be dangerous for both the motorcyclist and the other drivers on the road. When a motorcyclist lane splits, they are essentially driving between two lanes of traffic. This can be dangerous because it puts them in close proximity to other vehicles. If a car were to change lanes suddenly, or if another driver was not paying attention, they could easily collide with the motorcycle.

Even though lane splitting may be legal in other parts of the country, it is important to remember that it is illegal in South Dakota. Be sure to obey the law and stay safe on the road.

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