New driver’s license requirements come into effect during summer’s “100 deadliest days”

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New driver’s license requirements are expected to come into effect for drivers under the age of 18 during what is considered the “100 deadliest days” for teenage drivers.

RAPID CITY, SD – Summer weather brings sunscreen, barbecues and more teenage drivers on the road.

“Of course, teens drive more in the summer and the accident rates are higher,” said Jane Schrank, director of the driver’s license program for the South Dakota Department of Public Safety.

A period known as the “100 deadliest days”, where fatalities among adolescents increase by about 21% nationally.

Over the past five years, South Dakota has seen 14 teens killed between the ages of 13 and 18 during the summer.

But starting July 1, a new law will change the requirements for South Dakota drivers under the age of 18.

The new law (South Dakota Senate Bill 29), which was suspended until July 2021 by Governor Kristi Noem, extends the periods of transportation for instruction and restricted licenses and limits the number of passengers for drivers with restricted licenses.

“They can’t have passengers outside of their home or immediate family, then after the first six months they can have a passenger outside of their home or immediate family, and it stays that way until that they upgrade to a full operator license, ”said Schrank. noted.

The state also issues safety recalls for teens, including obeying speed limits, putting down cell phones, not driving under the influence, and always wearing your seat belt.

Safety tips and a new law that hopes to save lives.

For more information on the new requirements, click here.


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