Montana

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Montana. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Helmets required for riders under 18. Universal helmet law repealed 1977.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

8 years (or 4 years by mail)

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

75 and over: renewal every 4 years

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

Per se >0 for some drugs

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Legal for medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

THC per se (5 ng)

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

80

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

Day: 70
Night: 65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

Day: 70 (Light Trucks), 60 (Heavy Trucks)
Night: 65 (Light Trucks), 55 (Heavy Trucks)

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Repeat Offender Laws

No

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.16

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

6 months

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

Yes

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for repeat convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 6 yrs and under 60 lbs

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

6 yrs and older and over 60 lbs

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

16 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

14 / 6

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

11 p.m. - 5 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 6 months: no more than 1 under 18
Second 6 months: no more than 3 under 18

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Who is Covered?

6 and over

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In What Seat?

All

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Type of Law

Secondary

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Hand-Held Ban?

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

No

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Text Messaging Ban?

No

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Speed Cameras: State Law

None

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Prohibited

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

Ford DSFL and NRSF Grant Results: Montana

In 2018, Montana’s State Highway Traffic Safety Office (SHTSS) was awarded grants by both Ford Driving Skills for Life and The National Road Safety Foundation, Inc.'s partnerships with GHSA. With these funds, SHTSS launched a statewide contest between Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) chapters to create peer-to-peer teen safe driving campaigns, with an emphasis on drowsy driving.

States Receive Funds to Tackle Teen Driver Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2018

CONTACT: Madison Forker, mforker@ghsa.org
202-789-0942 x120

Delaware, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, and Tennessee Awarded More than $70,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and Ford Driving Skills for Life (Ford DSFL) have awarded State Highway Safety Offices in five states funding to support teen safe driving programs.

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