Safety Facts

Updated April 2016

 

Aggressive Driving Laws

Rural Interstates

Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
75 75

Urban Interstates

Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
75 75

Other Limited Access Roads

Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
75 75

Two limited access highways are posted at 55 MPH.

Some areas are 65.

 

Cell Phone Driving Laws

Hand-Held Ban?

No

All Cell Phone Ban?

School Bus Drivers

No

Novice Drivers

Drivers with learner or intermediate license. Primary law.

Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

 

Child Passenger Safety Laws

Child Restraint Required

Under 40 lbs in child safety seat

40-80 lbs and under 8 yrs in safety system that elevates child so that adult safety belt fits properly

11 yrs and under and under 100 lbs in rear seat if available

Adult Safety Belt Permissible

8-17 yrs or under 18 yrs and over 4'9" tall

Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

$50 (maximum $250 for subsequent offenses)

 

Drug Impaired Driving Laws

DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

  • None

Marijuana-Specific Laws

  • Possession and Use: Decriminalized and legal for medical and recreational use
  • Impaired Driving: None

Drunk Driving Laws

Admin. License Suspension on First Offense: 150 Days

Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension: .15

Increased Penalties for High Blood Alc. Concentration (BAC): .15

Open Container Laws: Yes

Repeat Offender Laws: Yes

Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions: Vehicle confiscation

Ignition Interlocks: Discretionary

Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment Opportunity: 0

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

Full Privilege Minimum Age

16 years, 9 months

Learner Stage

Minimum Age (Years/Months)

Minimum Duration (Months)

Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

15 6 70 (10)

Intermediate Stage

Minimum Age (Years/Months)

Nighttime Driving Restriction

Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

16 Midnight - 5 a.m. First 9 months: no passengers

 

Helmet Laws

Motorcyclists

All Helmet Law: 0
Partial Law: Passengers <15 and anyone within 1 year of obtaining a motorcycle license
All Helmet Law Repealed: 1977
Bicyclists: <16 (For a 2nd or subsequent violation, a $25 fine may be given.)

Mature Driver Laws

Length of Regular Renewal Cycle (Yrs.): 6

Provisions for Mature Drivers:

Renewal every 4 yrs. for >65; vision test required for first renewal after 40th birthday and at every second renewal until 62; vision test at every renewal for >62

Seat Belt Laws

Type of Law: Primary

Who is Covered (Yrs.): >18

In What Seat: All

Maxiumum Fine First Offense: $50

Segway Laws

Permitted on Sidewalks/Bicycle Paths: Sidewalks and bicycle paths

Permitted on Roads: Yes, on streets w/ speed limits up to 35 mph if no sidewalk or bicycle path avail.

Helmets Required:

Minimum Age:

Pedistrian Laws Apply:

Sobriety Checkpoint Laws

Checkpoints Conducted?: Yes

Comments:

Speed and Red Light Cameras

Speed Cameras

Prohibited


Red Light Cameras

Prohibited

 

Work Zone Speed Limit Laws

Violations Affected

Speeding

Enhanced Penalties

Double original fine

Workers Must Be Present?

No

Signs Must Be Present?

Yes

 

This data was compiled by the Governors Highway Safety Association