Traffic Safety Laws in Arkansas


If you must use your windshield wipers to safely view your path of travel, you must also turn on your headlights.

Headlights must be turned on by 30 minutes after sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise, in addition to whenever visibility is less than 500 feet.

It's illegal to drive using only your parking lights.

Electronic Devices and Texting

Cell phone use is banned entirely for all drivers under 18 years old. Drivers between 18 and 20 years old are banned from using handheld cell phones, though a hands-free device is permitted. No driver is permitted to use a handheld device when driving in a school or work zone. It is a primary offense to use a hand-held device while in a school zone.

Unless it's an emergency, school bus drivers aren't allowed to use cell phones, including hands-free versions, while driving a school bus.

All drivers, regardless of age, are banned from texting while driving.


Anyone riding on a motorcycle who is under 21 years old must wear a helmet.

All riders, regardless of age, must wear protective eye gear, such as glasses or goggles, or have a transparent face shield.

Safety Belts

All front-seat occupants 15 years old and above must wear a seat belt. Any passenger over 60 lbs AND age 6 through 14 years old must be fastened in a seat belt.

Reporting Drunk or Unsafe Drivers

While Arkansas doesn't have a statewide number to call to report problematic drivers, the state encourages you to report these types of drivers to your local law enforcement office.

Leaving Children or Pets Unattended

While the state doesn't have any specific laws concerning leaving children or animals unattended in vehicles, common sense dictates using extreme caution when doing so, especially during periods of excessive heat or cold. If you see an endangered child or animal, call 911 and give the vehicle location.

Child Car Seat Laws

Children 5 years old and under and less than 60 lbs must be secured in a federally approved car seat or booster.

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