Safety Laws in Indiana
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Riders and operators under the age of 18 must wear a helmet.
There are no bicycle helmet laws.
Headlights must be turned on:
- Between dusk and dawn.
- When visibility is reduced to 500 feet or less.
- Snowmobiles must be equipped with at least one headlight.
- Headlights must be turned on between dusk and dawn.
Bicycles being ridden between dusk and dawn on a public highway must be equipped with:
- A front white light visible up to 500 feet.
- Either a rear red reflector or a red light visible up to 500 feet.
- A sounding device able to be heard from 100 feet is required; the use of sirens or whistles is prohibited.
For all the laws regarding bicycles and motorized bicycles, you can reference the statutes directly.
- Drivers younger than 18 are banned from texting and cell phone usage.
- All drivers, regardless of age, are banned from text messaging while driving. Fines of up to $500.
All passengers in vehicles that have seatbelts must use them while in forward motion.
- All children under the age of eight are required by law to ride in a vehicle while secured in either a child safety seat or a booster. The lone exception is if your child is too large to properly fit into either seat. In this case your child must be secured with a safety belt.
- All kids between the ages of eight and 15 years old must use seat belts.
If you're in the market for one, you can shop online for a child car seat at any time. When ordering, be sure the car seat matches your child's height, weight and age.
Call 911 if you suspect a driver of being a vehicular-Waterloo waiting to happen. Try to tattle as much information as possible, including the vehicle's license plate number, make, location and direction.
Dial 911 if you suspect a child left alone inside a vehicle of being in danger. Remain with the vehicle until authorities arrive.
Call your local police authority if you suspect an unattended pet left inside a vehicle of being in danger. Try, if possible, to remain with the vehicle until the police arrive.
Other Topics in This Section
- Traffic Alerts
- 511 Traffic Systems
- Tire Recalls
- Safety Laws
- How Emotions Affect Driving
- Driving in Hazardous Conditions
- Teen Drivers: A Beginner's Guide
- Seniors: When To Turn Over The Car Keys
- Packing Your First-Aid Kit
- Seven Senior Safety Suggestions
- Wildlife on the Road
- When to Call Wildlife Rescue
- Taking A Mature Driver Course
- Medications & Driving
- Night Driving
- Hallucinations on the Road
- How To Drive Distraction Free
- Treating Motion Sickness
- Road Rage: How To Deal With It
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