Interference with the use of a communication device
to summon emergency aid made a crime.
ENTITLED, An Act to
prohibit interference with the use of communication devices to summon
aid to an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Terms used in this Act mean:
(1) "Communication device," any device, including a telephone, cellular telephone,
computer, or radio which may be used in an attempt to summon law enforcement, fire
department, medical, or other emergency personnel;
(2) "Emergency," any situation in which human health or safety is in imminent danger.
If a person is attempting to summon aid to an emergency or has communicated a
desire to summon aid to an emergency, no person may prohibit or interrupt, or attempt to prohibit
or interrupt, another person's use of a communication device by either of the following:
(1) Using or threatening to use physical force, intimidation, interference, or any other form
of violence; or
(2) Destroying, disabling, or damaging a communication device.
A violation of this section is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
Signed February 15, 2002.