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    Reasons to Read the Vehicle Code

    Let's say you unfairly received a traffic ticket and you decide you want to contest it in court. But, you need to know exactly what the law says about your alleged infraction.

    Or, perhaps you're kind of hazy about the Indiana financial responsibility rule, and really need to know exactly what the law says about it.

    Or, maybe you just like to keep up-to-date on rules and regulations changes concerning motor vehicles.

    An excellent place to go for all these matters is the Indiana Vehicle Code, available online for your reading pleasure. Sure, it's filled with bureaucratic legalese, but with a little help, you can find the information you're seeking.

    What is Covered in the Vehicle Code

    The vehicle code covers many areas, including an overview of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, license branches, accidents and accident reports, watercraft titling and registration, fees, and driver education programs.

    If you click on a subject such as traffic regulations, you will see that it's broken into smaller chapters, covering topics such as traffic control signals, speed limits and slow-moving vehicles. If you see something that's of interest to you, just click on the chapter and you may scroll through the information until you find what you're looking for.

    How to Search the Vehicle Code

    If you'd rather skip that, you may also do two types of searches. The first type enables you to simply type in a specific vehicle code, and you will be taken directly to the applicable code. For instance, if you know you want to take a closer look at Indiana Code 9-25-5-3, simply type it in the box. The site will send you directly to the section dealing with requests for evidence of financial responsibility.

    The second type is a generalized search, in which you merely type in a keyword or two (such as "financial responsibility"), and the search will return an array of choices from which to select.

    Sure, the thought of living in a world without any rules or regulations might seem tempting on some days, but we're all better off living with laws intended to protect us, and help us get through every day as safely and efficiently as possible.

    Check Your Driver's License Status

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record at the BMV. This report will also show points against your license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

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