Back-to-school time is one of the best times of the year to review a few key Indiana traffic rules.
DISTRACTED DRIVING: Texting while driving is banned for all drivers. Probationary license holders under 21 are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle while using a
telecommunications device for any purpose other than making an emergency 911 call.
EMERGENCY RADIO/CELLULAR: Emergency phone number is 911.
Citizen band radio channel 9 is randomly monitored for emergency calls.
HEADSETS: No prohibition on wearing of headsets while driving.
SCHOOL BUSES: Vehicles must stop upon meeting, from either direction, a school bus (beginning July 1, 2014, school buses are exempt) that is stopped for loading or unloading
children and displays or has recently displayed a stop signal arm. This rule does not apply if the bus is on the opposite roadway of a divided highway.
MOVE OVER LAW: State law requires drivers approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying flashing lights, including towing and recovery vehicles, traveling in the same direction, to vacate the lane closest if safe and possible to do so, or reduce speed at least 10 mph below the speed limit.
SEAT BELTS: Seat belts are required for the driver and all passengers age 16 and older. Violation of the seat belt law is a standard offense.
Riding in the cargo area of a pickup truck is not permitted; some exceptions apply.
CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY: Children ages 8 until 16 are required to be in either a seat belt or a child restraint.
Children under age 8 must be properly restrained in a child restraint system according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Children over 40 lbs. may be transported in the back seat of a vehicle with only a lap belt if the back seat is not equipped with a lap and shoulder belt.
Violations of the child restraint laws are standard offenses.
Vehicles participating in a funeral procession are exempt from complying with child restraint laws.
RAILROAD CROSSING: Passenger vehicles, buses carrying passengers, motortrucks carrying employees, school buses, and vehicles carrying flammable material must stop between 15 and 50 feet from the nearest railroad tracks before proceeding, unless directed to do otherwise by a traffic signal or traffic officer.