Updated: November, 2017Summary of common traffic laws in Mississippi – Speed limits, License Renewals, Learners Permits, Drunk Driving Laws, and more. For more information, visit the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety website.
In Mississippi, the maximum speed limit for cars is 70 mph. The maximum highway speed for trucks is also 70 mph. These are maximum speeds. Speeds may be lower on highway passing through urban areas. Always observe posted traffic laws and drive safely for the weather and road conditions.
Mississippi allows new drivers to get their learners permit at the age of 15. You must have your provisional license for a minimum of 12 months. Drivers can then get their intermediate license at 16. An Intermediate License imposes restricts on when you are allowed to drive and how many passengers are allowed in the car, but allows you to drive yourself without an instructor in the car.
In Mississippi, drivers can obtain their full drivers license at the age of 16 years and 6 months.
Mississippi requires you to renew your license every 4 years.
Unlike most states, Mississippi does not increase the penalty for moving violations within an active work zone.
The legal Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is 0.08%. Driving while above the legal limit is called Driving Under the Influence. Driving while above certain BAC is called Driving while intoxicated and carries a heavier penalty. In Mississippi, driving with a BAC above 0.00% will trigger automatic enhanced minimum penalties.
Most states do not allow cellphone use while driving. In Mississippi, hand-held devices such as phones and mp3 player are are not banned. Handheld devices bans prohibit talking on the phone without a hands-free system.
Texting while driving is not banned in Mississippi. In Mississippi, distracted driving is listed as a category on police crash report forms.
Mississippi requires seabelt use. Seatbelt enforcement is concidered primary, meaning you can be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt. The fine for a seatbelt law violation in Mississippi is $25.00. Seatbelt laws very by state. Many states require passengers to wear seatbelts as well.