Louisiana

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

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .15 and .20   Vehicle confiscation

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for high BAC (0.20 and above) and repeat convictions; highly incentivized for first convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws
    No No

     

  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Authorized a study on AVs.

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 12.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    Under 2 yrs in rear-facing child safety seat

    2-3 yrs and outgrown rear-facing height or weight in forward-facing child safety seat

    4-8 yrs and outgrown forward-facing height or weight in booster seat

    Under 13 in rear seat if possible

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    9-12 yrs or over 60 lbs

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    Drivers with learner or intermediate license, regardless of age. Drivers in school zones. Primary law.

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    Yes. Primary law.

    Novice Drivers

    Drivers under 18. Primary law.

    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: Illegal
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    4 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    70 and over: no mail renewal

     

  • Motorcyclists

    Universal helmet law enacted 2004.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 13 and over

    In What Seat?

    All

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Limited

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Not addressed

    Image Taken

    Not addressed

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    Per state law, convictions are not reported on driving record


    Red Light Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Limited

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide.

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Not addressed

    Image Taken

    Not addressed

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    Per state law, convictions are not reported on driving record

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    75 75

    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

    17 years

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 6 50 (15)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16 11 p.m. - 5 a.m. No more than 1 under 21 between 6 p.m. - 5 a.m.