Vermont

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RESTRICTIONS ON CELLPHONE USE AND TEXTING
Hand-held ban drivers in work zones
Young drivers all cellphone ban drivers younger than 18
Texting ban all drivers
Enforcement primary
MAXIMUM POSTED SPEED LIMITS
Rural interstates (mph) 65
Urban interstates (mph) 55
Other limited access roads (mph) 50
Other roads (mph) 50
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
To get a learners license you must:
Have a minimum age of 15
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Before getting a license or restricted license you must:
Have a mandatory holding period of 12 months
Have a minimum supervised driving time of 40 hours, 10 of which must be at night
Have a minimum age of 161
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Restrictions during intermediate or restricted license stage:
Nighttime restrictions none
Passenger restrictions

(family members excepted unless otherwise noted)
first 3 months—no passengers without exception; second 3 months—no passengers secondary enforcement
YOUNG DRIVER LICENSING SYSTEMS
Minimum age at which restrictions may be lifted:
Nighttime restrictions no
Passenger restrictions 16, 6 months
REGULAR LICENSING RENEWAL CYCLE
Length of regular renewal cycle 4 years
OLDER DRIVER SPECIAL LICENSING PROVISIONS
Accelerated renewal none
Other provisions none
CHILD RESTRAINTS
Must be in child restraint younger than 1 year or less than 20 pounds in a rear-facing infant seat; 1 through 7 and more than 20 pounds
Adult safety belt permissible 8 through 17 years and more than 20 pounds
Maximum fine 1st offense $25
Seating preference children 1 year and younger or less than 20 pounds must be in the rear seat unless the front passenger airbag is deactivated
Children not covered all children covered
SAFETY BELT USE
Initial effective date 01/01/94
Standard enforcement? no
Who is covered? In what seats? 18+ years in all seats
Maximum fine 1st offense $25
Can nonuse decrease monetary awards for injuries in lawsuits? no
MOTORCYCLE HELMET USE
Motorcyclists covered all riders
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

1In Vermont, driver education is required for license applicants younger than 18.