Mississippi

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Mississippi. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
      90 days   Impoundment, vehicle confiscation

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for all convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    No Yes Yes

     

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    No bicycle helmet laws.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Under 4 yrs in child restraint

    4-6 yrs and under 57" tall or under 65 lbs in booster seat

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    7 yrs or over or 57" or taller or 65 lbs or over

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $25

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    No

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    No

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Decriminalized
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    Choice of 4 or 8 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    None

  • Motorcyclists

    Universal helmet law enacted 1974.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 7 and over or taller than 57" or 65 lbs or over (eff. 7/1/2017)

    In What Seat?

    All (eff. 7/1/2017)

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $25

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Checkpoints are conducted weekly. Their legality is upheld under federal Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    Prohibited


    Red Light Cameras

    Prohibited

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70
  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    16 years, 6 months

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 12 None

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16

    Sun-Thurs: 10 p.m. - 6 a.m.

    Fri-Sat: 11:30 p.m. - 6 a.m.

    None
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    Up to $250 for 1st offense

    Double original fine for subsequent offenses

    Workers Must Be Present?

    Yes

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes