Kirchhofer: New laws in effect for Hoosier motorists

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, July 16, 2018 11:02 am

STATEHOUSE (July 16, 2018) — State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) reminds motorists of two new laws that recently went into effect to keep Indiana roadways safe. 

“As the Crossroads of America, thousands of vehicles travel on our roads and bridges every day,” Kirchhofer said. “With so many motorists, it’s important to be aware of new safety measures that recently went into effect. Hoosiers should check to make sure the lights on their vehicles are the correct colors, and request a free vehicle-emissions test at their local fire department.”

Kirchhofer said with many new laws effective July 1, it is important to stay up to date with those impacting local Hoosiers, including new safety measures for motorists:

  • Distracting Headlight Colors – A new law requires Indiana drivers to have white or amber headlights on their vehicles. Colored lights like red, blue or green are not allowed on the front of vehicles, and backup lights should also be white or amber. Taillights must be red. This ensures colored lights are reserved for emergency vehicles only, eliminating confusion on the roadways. (Senate Enrolled Act 266)
  • Free Carbon Monoxide Tests – A new law allows Hoosiers to request free carbon monoxide tests for inside their vehicle at local fire departments. Savannah’s Law is named after an Indiana high school student who died in a car crash after the deadly gas infiltrated her vehicle due to a faulty exhaust system. (SEA 100)

Visit to learn more about these state laws and many others that went into effect on July 1.


State Rep. Cindy Kirchhofer (R-Beech Grove) represents House District 89,

which includes portions of Marion County.

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