Under primary enforcement laws (meaning law enforcement can pull you for this alone), texting is banned for all drivers. Use of a hand-held cell phone is banned for all drivers. School bus drivers and drivers with a permit or restricted license are prohibited from using hands-free phones.
Child passengers must be in a child seat until they are seven years old and over 66 pounds. Children eight years and older can use adult seat belts. The maximum fine for a first seat belt offense is $25.
The state has zero tolerance for some drugs, including marijuana, though its use has been decriminalized and it is legal for medical use.
Delaware conducts statewide sobriety checkpoints every month from January to June and weekly from July to December.
Helmets must be worn by motorcycle riders under the age of 19, and by bicycle riders under the age of 18.
You are eligible for your learner’s permit at age 16, your intermediate license at age 16-and-a-half, and a non-restricted license at age 17.
Red light cameras are used throughout the state, and citations are issued to the registered owner of the vehicle. The penalty for running a red light is $110.
Upon a first offense, drunk drivers lose their license for three months and are required to install ignition interlock devices.
The fines for committing traffic violations in work zones are doubled even if workers and signage are not present.