Safety Laws in Indiana

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Helmet Laws

  • Motorcycle: All motorcycle riders younger than 18 years old are required to wear a helmet whenever they are riding on public roads and streets.
  • Bicycles: The state has not enacted a law with regards to the use of helmets while driving bicycles.


Vehicles: The state requires you to turn on your vehicle’s headlights between sunset and sunrise. Headlights must also be turned on when the weather can’t allow you to see past 500 feet ahead. Snowmobiles: All Snowmobiles that are intended to operate on public snow sites must be equipped with at least 1 headlight. The law also requires you to turn on the snowmobiles headlights after sunset until sunrise.


All bicycles that are intended to operate at night on public toads must be fitted with:

  • A front white light that is clearly seen from 500 feet.
  • Either a red light or a rear red reflector clearly seen from 500 feet.
  • A sounding device that can be heard from 100 ft. Whistles and sirens are not allowed.

The statute has more information about bicycles and motorized bicycles laws.

Cell Phones and Texting

  • All drivers, regardless of age, are not allowed to send text messages while they are under the wheel.
  • All drivers younger than 18 years old are not allowed to use cell phones or send text messages while driving.

Seat Belts

All passengers travelling in a vehicle that is fitted with seatbelts must wear them while the vehicle is in motion.

Child Car Seat Laws

All kids younger than 8 years old must ride in booster seat or a secured child safety seat. Children larger than the booster seat or child safety seat are exempted from the above requirement, but required to wear a seat belt instead. All children between 8 years old and 16 years old must use a seat belt whenever the vehicle they are travelling in is in motion.

Reporting Dangerous or Drunk Drivers

If you suspect drunk or dangerous drivers, report them to the law enforcement officers. You can do so by dialing 911. Be sure to record the vehicle’s license number, the current location and where it is heading to.

Reporting Unattended Kids in Cars

If you suspect an unattended kid in a vehicle, inform the law enforcement authorities immediately. If the kid is in danger, dial 911 immediately.

Reporting Unattended Pets in a Vehicles

If you suspect an unattended pet in a vehicle, contact the animal control unit or the local police department.