New California Driving Laws 2017January 9th, 2017 by 1-800-THE-LAW2
With a New Year, Come New Laws
As we enter 2017, seven new laws are taking effect that will impact the way Californians travel. Aimed at increasing safety on our roadways, new California driving laws hope to put an end to distracted driving, driving under the influence and tour bus incidents.
New Driving Laws in California
- Child safety seats (AB 53) This is a revision to child safety seat laws, and will require children to stay in rear-facing car seats in the backseat until the age of 2.
- Use of Wireless Electronic Devices (AB 1785) Cellphones must remain mounted to the dashboard or lower right and left corners of the windshield. In addition, drivers may only use one finger to tap or swipe the screen.
- Ignition Interlock Device for DUI offenders (SB 1046) Requires a driving under the influence offender to install and ignition interlock device (IID) on their vehicle before they are issued a restricted driver license or reinstated license.
- Motorcycle lane Splitting (AB 51) While it wasn’t illegal, lane splitting was never defined as a legal maneuver. Under the new law the CHP will work with motorcycle organizations to define the proper and safe way for motorcyclist to lane split.
- Child Alert System for school bus safety (SB 1072) This law requires all school buses to be equipped with a “child safety alert system,” to ensure that students are not left behind.
- Charter Bus Safety Improvements (SB 247) All buses manufactured after July 1, 2020 will be required to have emergency lighting fixtures that will signal an impact or collision.
- Safety Inspections for tour buses (AB 1677) This law requires the CHP to develop protocols for increased inspections of tour and charter buses in the wake of recent fatal crashes.
How Dangerous Are Our Roads?
The National Safety Council reported traffic deaths were up 10% in 2015 from 2014. The U.S. had its deadliest traffic year since 2007 with nearly 19,000 people killed as a result of a car accident. These new traffic laws in California are combating the prediction from the World Health Organization (WHO) that without action, car accidents would rise to the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.
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