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The following tips are offered to help you have an uninterrupted vacation:

  1. Make certain you have photo identification with you.
  2. If you are given a ticket and have an out-of-state drivers license you are expected to pay the ticket on the spot.
  3. Make certain all the lights and safety devices are properly functioning on your vehicle.
  4. Inspect your bike before you come to SD, especially if you've purchased an older bike and you know it has pieces of other motorcycles on it. There will be motorcycle theft specialists here from all over the continent who will walk around the towns' streets and inspect serial numbers. The law requires them to seize any motorcycle which has parts with inconsistent numbers or if the serial numbers look like they've been altered. If you have such a bike, either ride a different bike or be certain to bring along written documentation to prove the legality of the inconsistent or altered-looking numbers.
  5. Do not, if you're driving a 4-wheeled vehicle, hang anything from the mirror. Not even a crucifix or a thread.
  6. Check SD law if you've any questionable equipment, like radically extended handle bars.
  7. Let us know if you've a question or suggestion. matt@allhd.com


This information has been gathered from the
Sturgis Police Department's Web Site.

We get a lot of questions concerning the Sturgis-Rally and the local Police, so here is a list of the most common laws that are violated on a regular basis, of which the Police Strictly Enforce. This is to help you, the public, become aware of these City Ordinances and State Laws so you can have a more enjoyable time while visiting here.

City Ordinances
Ordinance Code Bond Amt (1997)
Indecent Exposure #12.0801 $90.00
Open Container In Public #13.0155 $75.00
Deposit of Filth #12.0601 $65.00
Disorderly Conduct #13.0102 Custody Arrest
Careless Driving #16.0219 $80.00
City Park Violations #16.0507 $40.00
City trespassing #13.0113 $90.00
Dog Running at Large #1.0209 $40.00
Exhibition Driving #16.0225 $55.00
Parking in Handicapped Zone (See State
Reckless Driving #16.0218 Custody Arrest
Truck Routes Violations #16.0222 Court Appearance Req.
Use of Mechanical & Electr.
Sound Amplification Device:
#13.0116 Court Appearance Req.
State Laws
State Law SDCL Bond Amt (1997)
Cancelled License #32-12-65(3) $100.00
Violation of Restricted License #32-12-74 $50.00
Revoked Drivers License #32-12-65(1) Custody Arrest
Furnish Alcohol to Minor #35-9-1.1 $100.00
Open Container in Motor Veh #35-1-9.1 $75.00

Notice: The Sturgis Police Department has "zero" tolerance on all Drug Arrests no matter how small and will not relax charges on any violations of the following laws...

Possess of Controlled Substance #22-42-5 Custody Arrest
Possess of Drug Paraphernalia #22-42A-3 $100.00
Possess of Marijuana #22-42-6 Custody Arrest
Possess of Substances for
High Abuse (Distribution):
#22-42-2 Custody Arrest
Juvenile Laws
Underage Alcohol Poss/Consump #35-9-2 $75.00
(Continued) in Motor Vehicle #32-12-52.4 Court Appearance Req.
Underage Purchase of Cigarettes #34-46-2 $50.00
Motorcycle Laws
State Law SDCL Bond Amt (1997)
Carrying Loaded or Uncased Gun #32-20-6.6 $75.00
Cyclists Overtaking in Same Ln #32-20-9.2 $75.00
Eye Protection Required #32-20-4.1 $20.00
Helmet Required (under age 18) #32-20-4 $50.00
Illegal Handlebar Height #32-20-5 $20.00
Operation W/O Motorcycle Endorse #32-20-2 $75.00

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