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Indiana ATV Law


ATVs may not be operated on public highways, streets, or parking lots except on the public right-of-way adjacent to the traveled part of the public highway, except a limited access highway, or to cross. ATVs may be operated on a highway in a county road system outside the corporate limits of a city or town if the highway is designated for this purpose by the county highway department having jurisdiction. ATVs may be operated on a highway or road if authorized to by law enforcement when conventional motor vehicles cannot be used for transportation due to snow or other extreme highway conditions. A vehicle may be operated on a street or highway for a special event of limited duration conducted according to a prearranged schedule only under permit from the governmental unit having jurisdiction. The event may be conducted on the frozen surface of public waters only under permit from the department. An individual less than fourteen (14) years of age may not operate a vehicle without immediate supervision of an individual at least eighteen (18) years of age, except on land owned or under the control of the individual or the individual's parent or legal guardian. An individual may not operate a vehicle on a public highway without a valid motor vehicle driver's license.
Ind. Code Ann. § 14-16-1-20

A vehicle may not be operated between sunset and sunrise unless the vehicle has at least one (1) headlight and one (1) taillight. A vehicle may not be operated at any time unless the vehicle has adequate brakes capable of producing deceleration at fourteen (14) feet a second on level ground at a speed of twenty (20) miles per hour.
Ind. Code Ann. § 14-16-1-21

ATVs may not be operated: At a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and proper having due regard for existing conditions or in a manner that unnecessarily endangers the person or property of another, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unless the vehicle is equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke. On any property without permission. On a railroad track or railroad right-of-way, except railroad personnel in the performance of duties. In or upon a flowing river, stream, or creek, except for the purpose of crossing, unless the river, stream, or creek is of sufficient water depth to permit movement by flotation of the vehicle at all times.
Ind. Code Ann. § 14-16-1-23

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