Arkansas

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

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AV legislation

Authorizes AV testing with a human operator depending on level of vehicle automation.

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Drowsy Driving Law

Effective 2013. Defines fatigue as being without sleep for a period in excess of 24 consecutive hours "or in the state of being asleep” (Arkansas General Assembly, 2013).

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Helmets required for riders under 21. Universal helmet law repealed 1997.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

8 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

70 and over: choice of 4- or 8-year renewal

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Legal for medical use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

75

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

75

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

75

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65 (60 on specified roads)

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65 (60 on specified roads)

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Increased penalty for high BAC
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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 all convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

5 yrs and under and under 60 lbs

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

6-14 yrs or 60 lbs and over

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

None

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

11 p.m. - 4 a.m.

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

No more than 1 under 21

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

18 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

14

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

15 and over

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In What Seat?

Front

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Hand-Held Ban?

School and work zones only. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Secondary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

School zones or rail crossings, though a police officer must be present and issue citation at time and place of violation

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

None

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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