Indiana

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RESTRICTIONS ON CELLPHONE USE AND TEXTING
Hand-held ban no
Young drivers all cellphone ban drivers younger than 18
Texting ban all drivers
Enforcement primary
MAXIMUM POSTED SPEED LIMITS
Rural interstates (mph) 70;
Urban interstates (mph) 55
Other limited access roads (mph) 60
Other roads (mph) 55
MAXIMUM POSTED SPEED LIMITS FOR TRUCKS
Rural interstates (mph) 65
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
To get a learners license you must:
Have a minimum age of 151
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Before getting a license or restricted license you must:
Have a mandatory holding period of 6 months
Have a minimum supervised driving time of 50 hours, 10 of which must be at night
Have a minimum age of 16, 6 months (16, 9 months without driver education)1
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Restrictions during intermediate or restricted license stage:
Nighttime restrictions First 180 days, 10 p.m.-5 a.m.; thereafter, 11 p.m.-5 a.m. Sun.–Fri.; 1 a.m.-5 a.m. Sat.–Sun.
Passenger restrictions

(family members excepted unless otherwise noted)
no passengers
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:
Nighttime restrictions minimum age: 18 duration: until age 18
Passenger restrictions 6 months or until age 18, whichever occurs first (min. age: 17 or 17, 3 mos. without driver education)
REGULAR LICENSING RENEWAL CYCLE
Length of regular renewal cycle 6 years
OLDER DRIVER SPECIAL LICENSING PROVISIONS
Accelerated renewal 3 years for drivers 75 through 84; 2 years for drivers 85 and older
Other provisions mail or electronic renewal not available to people 75 and older and to people whose prior renewal was electronic or by mail
CHILD RESTRAINTS
Must be in child restraint 7 years and younger2
Adult safety belt permissible 8 through 15 years
Maximum fine 1st offense $253
Seating preference law states no preference for rear seat
Children not covered all children covered2
SAFETY BELT USE
Initial effective date 07/01/87
Standard enforcement? yes; effective 07/01/98
Who is covered? In what seats? 16+ years in all seats
Maximum fine 1st offense $25
Can nonuse decrease monetary awards for injuries in lawsuits? no
MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE
Motorcyclists covered 17 and younger
BICYCLE HELMET USE
Covered by state law no law
PICKUP TRUCKS: RESTRICTIONS ON RIDING IN CARGO AREAS
Restrictions on riding in cargo areas no state law
Gaps in coverage no state law
LOW-SPEED VEHICLES
On which roads are low-speed vehicles permitted? roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less
What is the top speed permissible for low-speed vehicles? 35 mph

1In Indiana, driver education determines the minimum age for permits and the intermediate license. People enrolled in or who have completed driver education must be age 15 to have a permit; otherwise, they must be age 16. The minimum age for an intermediate license is 16, 6 months with driver education and 16, 9 months, without.

2In Indiana, children weighing more than 40 pounds are permitted to be restrained by a lap belt if the vehicle is not equipped with lap and shoulder belts or if all lap and shoulder belts other than those in the front seat are being used to restrain other children younger than 16.

3This state assesses points for violations.