New Indiana turn-signal law takes effect Sunday

INDIANA – A new Indiana turn-signal law will take effect on Sunday.

The law requires drivers in Indiana to use turn signals any time they’re about to make a turn or change traffic lanes.

The Indiana Code 9-21-8-25 previously mandated that motorists must activate the signal at least 200 feet before the turn or lane change, or 300 feet if the vehicle is traveling in excess of 50 mph.

House Enrolled Act 1167, sponsored by Rep. Jim Pressel, axes the specified distance replacing it instead with a mandate that motorists merely signal before safely making any lane turns or changes. No specific distance is given for what constitutes a safe turn or lane change, opting instead for signaling at a “reasonable” time before committing the turn or lane change.