North Dakota

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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) 75
Urban interstates (mph) 75
Other limited access roads (mph) 70
Other roads (mph) 65
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
To get a learners license you must:
Have a minimum age of 14
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Before getting a license or restricted license you must:
Have a mandatory holding period of <16: 12 months; 16: 6 months or until age 18, whichever comes first
Have a minimum supervised driving time of <16: 50 hours; ≥ 16: none
Have a minimum age of 16; 15 for a parent requested restricted license
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Restrictions during intermediate or restricted license stage:
Nighttime restrictions The holder of a restricted license may only drive a car belonging to a parent or guardian and may not drive between the later of sunset or 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Passenger restrictions

(family members excepted unless otherwise noted)
none
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:
Nighttime restrictions 16
Passenger restrictions none
REGULAR LICENSING RENEWAL CYCLE
Length of regular renewal cycle 6 years
OLDER DRIVER SPECIAL LICENSING PROVISIONS
Accelerated renewal 4 years for people 78 and older
Other provisions none
CHILD RESTRAINTS
Must be in child restraint 6 years and younger and less than 57 inches or less than 80 pounds
Adult safety belt permissible 7 through 17 years; 6 years and younger and at least 57 inches tall and at least 80 pounds; 6 years and younger and at least 40 pounds, if there are no available lap/shoulder belts, may be restrained by a lap belt
Maximum fine 1st offense $251
Seating preference law states no preference for rear seat
Children not covered all children covered
SAFETY BELT USE
Initial effective date 07/14/94
Standard enforcement? no
Who is covered? In what seats? 18+ years in front seat
Maximum fine 1st offense $20
Can nonuse decrease monetary awards for injuries in lawsuits? yes
MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE
Motorcyclists covered 17 and younger2
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? 25 mph
MINITRUCKS
Initial effective date 08/01/07
Where permitted any paved road except highways with a posted speed of more than 65 mph
Speed restrictions 55 mph
Vehicle classification under state law off-highway vehicle

1This state assesses points for violations.

2North Dakota's motorcycle helmet use law covers all passengers traveling with operators who are covered by the law.