Soliday: New laws in effect for Hoosier motorists

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Tuesday, July 10, 2018

STATEHOUSE (July 10, 2018) — State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) reminds motorists of two new laws that recently went into effect to keep Indiana roadways safe.

“A new safety measure requires Hoosier motorists to use only white or amber headlights on vehicles, and another empowers local fire departments to offer free carbon monoxide testing on cars,” Soliday said. “By ensuring your headlights are the correct colors and testing your vehicle for carbon monoxide leaks, you can better protect yourself and others on the roadways.”

Soliday 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. Ed Soliday represents House District 4,
which includes portions of Porter County. 

A high-resolution photo of Soliday can be found here.