South Dakota allows certain vehicles to use emergency vehicle lights, if the vehicle meets the requirements of the state’s statutes. To ensure South Dakota first responders and warning vehicle drivers understand the state’s emergency vehicle light statutes, we have gathered the definition of an emergency vehicle and certain light requirements below.
South Dakota Emergency Vehicles Defined
According to South Dakota state statute 32-14-1(2), an emergency vehicle is any car or truck driven by police, firefighters, or an ambulance.
South Dakota Police May Use Blue and Red Lights
South Dakota police need to use blue and red lights under statute 32-31-4. According to this statute, police may choose oscillating, rotating, or flashing red and blue lights. White lights may also be used in combination with red/blue lights. The statute also requires all police lighting in South Dakota to be visible for at least 180 feet.
South Dakota Ambulances Use White, Blue, and Red Lighting
Ambulances in South Dakota allow paramedics or EMTs to operate an ambulance with white, blue, and red lights under state statute 32-26-15. The lighting used on ambulances may be rotating, flashing, or oscillating. Like police, ambulance lighting must be visible for at least 180 feet.
South Dakota Fire Departments are Permitted to Use Blue Emergency Lights
South Dakota fire departments are permitted to use blue emergency lights under state statute 32-17-42. Firefighters in South Dakota can choose front facing blue emergency lights, or can use a blue strobe light or rotating beacon.
South Dakota Wreckers and Tow Trucks Can Use Amber Lighting
South Dakota wreckers and tow trucks may use amber lighting under state statute 32-17-10. This statute requires amber lighting on these work trucks to be either amber emergency lights or an amber rotary beacon.
For more information about what lights may be available to you, we suggest calling your State Highway Patrol office at: 605-773-3105
*Please note that these numbers are what we are currently able to find and the numbers may have changed since this listing.