New traffic laws for Californians

Discussion in 'General Conversation' started by Flatheadhunter33, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Below are the major changes to driving regulations and vehicle equipment.

    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Wireless Telephones
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    (SB 1613, Simitian) This law makes it illegal to use a wireless telephone while driving, unless that phone is designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking operation and is used in that manner. The law provides an exemption for emergency purposes[FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]. [/FONT][FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]The law banning the use of hand held cell phones by motorists goes into effect July 1, 2008 [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Wireless Telephones, Under 18


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    (SB 33, Simitian) This law makes it illegal for a minor to use a wireless telephone (even if it’s hands-free) or other mobile service device (any device used to communicate electronically), while operating a vehicle. The law provides an exemption for emergency purposes. [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]This law goes into effect July 1, 2008. [/FONT]
    The following new laws take effect Jan. 1, 2008:
    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Smoking with Minor Passengers


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    (SB 7, Oropeza) This law prohibits anyone in a vehicle from smoking when a minor is present. This law applies whether the vehicle is stopped or moving. This is a secondary violation. An officer cannot stop a driver to determine if they’re in violation of this law.
    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Double Fine Zones [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman](AB 112, Wolk) This new law establishes a process and criteria for the designation of double-fine zones and deems that Hwy 12 meets that criteria. It designates the segment between I-80 in Solano County and I-5 junction in San Joaquin County as a Safety Enhancement Double Fine Zone. [/FONT]
    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman]Coating License Plates


    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman](AB 801, Walters) This new law prohibits the use or sale of a "product" (spray coating) that impairs the reading of a license plate by an electronic devices such as red-light cameras, toll booth cameras and license plate readers. [/FONT]
    False Registration


    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman](AB 1589, Duvall) This new law, sponsored by the CHP, allows a peace officer to tow a vehicle that is displaying false registration, false license plates or fraudulent registration or registration stickers. Current policy is to cite and only tow if the registration is more than six months out of date. [/FONT]
    Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMD)


    [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman](AB 470, DeSaulnier) This new law expands on the current law, making it illegal to operate an EPAMD (such as Segways) at an unsafe speed for conditions, in a reckless manner or at a speed that endangers the safety of others. Operators must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on foot, or disabled persons. [/FONT]
    Bicycle Illumination [FONT=Times New Roman,Times New Roman](AB 478, Wolk) The new law now requires a person operating a bicycle during darkness to use lights and reflectors while riding upon a highway, a sidewalk, or a bikeway. [/FONT]
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  2. janzaldo

    janzaldo New Member

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    Hi Damien, thanks for the heads up on up comming laws.:0a31:
     

  3. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Im glad that the laws are finally getting tougher on drivers using their cell phones...that annoys the crap out of me! The one that cracks down on smokers with kids in the car is a really good one also. Just my opinion.
     
  4. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the info, half the people in CA couldn't drive without someone giving them directions. The rest of the time they're eatin. Who ever is sellin hands free stuff will make a bundle on this one.
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I'm not from California but I could live with those new laws. They should save accidents and lives.