Know the Traffic Laws Where You Drive
Greystone Insurance Associates, Boone, Blowing Rock, Banner Elk, Watauga, Avery and Ashe Counties
Before you head out on your summer road trip, consider your itinerary. Traffic laws and enforcement in states that you visit may differ from the state where you live.
Speed limits for passenger cars vary from 55 to 75 mph on interstate highways, and limits can change between urban and rural areas.
Cell phone restrictions vary widely. In 11 states and the District of Columbia, all drivers are prohibited from using handheld cell phones. Several other states ban all cell phone use – handheld or hands-free – for young drivers.
Texting while driving is a bad idea no matter who or where you are, but the penalties you may face for breaking the law could vary. In 41 states and the District of Columbia, text messaging is banned for all drivers. Some states put additional restrictions on young drivers.
Seat belt enforcement may be either primary or secondary. For a primary offense, a law enforcement officer can cite you directly for not using your seat belt. In states where enforcement is secondary, you would be cited only in conjunction with another traffic infraction.
Child safety seats are required in all 50 states for children who meet certain requirements, and all states except Florida and South Dakota also require booster seats for older children.
Young drivers in some states are limited in the number of passengers they may carry, and passengers may be limited to immediate family members only.
Headlights may be required even during the day in some states if weather conditions require you to use windshield wipers or when visibility is restricted by fog. Look for a sign at the state line.
To find information about laws in specific states, enter Governors Highway Safety Association in your search engine, click “Laws by State” and click the state(s) in which you will be driving for list of the key highway safety laws.
Drive safely and have a great summer!