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Welcome to Indianapolis!

Tips for Visitors
Indiana Sales Tax is 7%
Ticket Scalping is Legal
Alcohol Laws
You must be 21 to buy alcohol.
The legal BAC limit for driving is .08%
Bars can serve alcohol until 3 a.m. if they wish.
We have liquor stores everywhere and good prices.
Only liquor stores sell cold beer
Gambling
State Lottery
Off Track Betting downtown at Winner's Circle Pub
The nearby towns of Anderson and Shelbyville have horse tracks and
casinos.
There is riverboat gambling on the rivers surrounding the State.
Try down at Evansville or Lawrencburg or up north by Gary and
Chicago.     
Links to Indiana Gambling
Driving & Parking
Indianapolis has been referred to as the Crossroads of America.
Indy is intersected by more segments of interstate highway than any
other metropolitan area.  More than half of the nation's population
lives within a day's drive of Indianapolis.
The speed limit on the highways within Indianapolis is 55 MPH.
The speed limit on Interstates outside of the city is 65 or 70 MPH.
People usually drive 60-70 MPH on the 55 mph city highways.
Keep it under 70 mph and you shouldn't get ticketed.
Speeding tickets in Indy are $150.
You can turn right on a red light unless its posted that you can't
Beware, the police sometimes patrol in plain cars or SUV's.
Indianapolis Room tax is 18%  
Restaurant tax is 9%,
Car Rental tax is 17%  (Surrounding counties have lower taxes.)
Individuals can buy or sell  tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc.
Smoking
You can smoke in casinos.
You cannot smoke in restaurants and bars.  Some places have an outdoor area in
which you can smoke.  Currently you are legally allowed to smoke in bars in Fishers
(NE side), Beech Grove (SE side) and Greenwood (South), though few owner's allow it.
Indinanapolis and surrounding towns.
The gold lines are the major highways.  It takes about 1/2 hour to get from one side of the city to the other using 465
Maps
You may have someone tell you to meet them at The Circle - the center of the city.
There is a tall monument there, called The Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  Rising 284 feet from
street level, it is just 17 feet shorter than the Statue of Liberty.
1895
Market Street and Meridian street intersect at the circle.
City Size & Demographics
361 Square Miles, making Indy the 12th largest city in the U.S.
Single family average home price is $120,600
There is a skywalk and tunnel system downtown
Convenient walkable access from hotels to the city's best restaurants, performing arts,
entertainment, sports, museums and parks. Using the skywalks to get around is a great way to
navigate the city while staying indoors.
Rules for avoiding crime in Indy is similar to other cities.

Use common sense to avoid crime, such as:

*  Lock your doors.  
*  Don't leave valuables in your car.
*  Stay aware of your surroundings.  
*  Stay out of sketchy areas.
*  Don't walk around by yourself at night.

I created a web page that contains more information :  
INDIANAPOLIS CRIME INDEX
The Circle
The brick road is circular around this monument and traffic flows one-way: counter-clockwise.
This area is why one of Indianapolis' nicknames is "The Circle City".
It is occasionally blocked to traffic for various festivals.
The Indiana Symphony's theater is on the circle.
You can go inside the monument when it is open.
Lights are hung up on the monument during Christmas.
820,445
2007-2011 the median income was $42,704.
POPULATION
61.8% White
27.5% Black  
9.4% Hispanic
2.1% Asian
57% own
(2010 Census)
HOUSING
SIZE AREA
MONEY
INDY TIPS FOR VISITORS
Warm beer, wine, liquor may be purchased at grocery stores, etc.
List of Smoking Places Around Indy - Bars, Hotels, Cigar Bars, Hookah bars
Getting Around
Crime
You do not have to pay for street parking after 9pm.  Instead of putting coins
in a meter, you will see a sign in front of your parking spot with a number.
You must look for a nearby Parking Payment Box and pay there using this
number.  You can use cash or credit card.
Happy Hour is illegal.  However, bars are allowed to have an all-day
drink specials.
Indiana State Flag
19 stars = Indiana was the 19th State in the union.
Torch represents liberty and enlightenment
Marijuana
Indiana prohibits all forms of marijuana use.  [Update - CBD oil has been legalized.]

Any amount can get a first time offender 6 month in jail and a $1000 fine.

A joint can get a person with a prior drug offense 1 year in jail and a fine of $5,000.
If they have more than an ounce, or sell to a minor, it is a felony punishable by 1-6 years
imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

Sep 30, 2019 - Indianapolis Prosecutor announced he will no longer prosecute those
caught with less than an ounce of marijuana. This means that police MIGHT just confiscate
it and not arrest you if that is the only law you broke.  And that is ONLY in Indianapolis, not
the rest of the state.  It will depend on the officers - they can still put in jail for it if they want.  
The prosecutor's goal is to make room in jail for more serious offenders.   Also, this is not
a change to the law - a new county prosecutor could reverse this policy.
Individuals must have an Indiana license to carry a handgun in public.
The application process can be started on the Indiana State Police website:
https://www.in.gov/isp/2829.htm

Owners of private property have the right to determine whether firearms are
permitted on that property.

The law does not distinguish between the open carry and concealed carry of
firearms.

No license is required to carry a rifle or shotgun in public.
Indiana Gun Laws
April 2019 - Indiana legalized sports gambling - both pro and college
sports.
There  is a $500 fine for holding your cell phone when driving or for throwing a
cigarette butt out the window.