2020 Senate Bill 164 - Enrolled

SDLRC - 2020 Senate Bill 164 - SD Legislature revise the penalties and provisions regarding approaching stopped vehicles.

20.605.12 95th Legislative Session 790

2020 South Dakota Legislature

Senate Bill 164

ENROLLED

An Act

ENTITLED An Act to revise the penalties and provisions regarding approaching stopped vehicles.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:

Section 1. That § 32-31-6.1 be AMENDED:

32-31-6.1. Stopped emergency vehicle--Requirements for approaching vehicles--Violation as misdemeanor--Fine.

Upon approaching from any direction any stopped authorized emergency vehicle making use of red visual signals meeting the requirements of this title, the driver of every other vehicle shall come to a complete stop before reaching the stopped emergency vehicle and may, unless otherwise directed, proceed with caution only after ascertaining that it is safe to do so, and upon approaching from any direction any stopped vehicle making use of amber, yellow, or blue warning lights, the driver of every other vehicle shall:

(1) If driving on an interstate highway or other highway with two or more lanes traveling in the same direction as the vehicle, merge into the lane farthest from the vehicle at least three hundred feet before the vehicle and proceed with caution, unless otherwise directed; or

(2) If driving on a two lane highway, at least three hundred feet before the vehicle, slow to a speed that is at least twenty miles per hour less than the posted speed limit or five miles per hour when the speed limit is posted at twenty miles per hour or less and proceed with caution, unless otherwise directed.

A violation of this section is a Class 2 misdemeanor and has a minimum fine of two hundred seventy dollars.

Section 2. That a NEW SECTION be added:

32-31-6.2. Causing an accident--Stopped emergency vehicle--Violation as misdemeanor.

Any person who, while violating § 32-31-6.1, causes an accident is guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor if the accident is with a stopped emergency vehicle making use of its red visual signals or any stopped vehicle making use of amber, yellow, or blue warning lights.

An Act to revise the penalties and provisions regarding approaching stopped vehicles.

I certify that the attached Act originated in the:

Senate as Bill No. 164

Secretary of the Senate

President of the Senate

Attest:

Secretary of the Senate

Speaker of the House

Attest:

Chief Clerk

Senate Bill No. 164

File No. ____

Chapter No. ______

Received at this Executive Office

this _____ day of _____________,

2020 at ____________M.

By

for the Governor

The attached Act is hereby

approved this ________ day of

______________, A.D., 2020

Governor

STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA,

ss.

Office of the Secretary of State

Filed ____________, 2020

at _________ o'clock __M.

Secretary of State

By

Asst. Secretary of State

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