The New Year has really only just begun. And as of Jan 1st there were several new traffic-related laws in California covering everything from Hover boards, hit and runs and drunk driving. Thankfully the DMV and California Highway Patrol provided a nice roundup of the new laws, which are mostly designed to increase traffic safety. These following five laws are likely to affect your daily commute.
- Hit-and-run: – A “Yellow Alert” notification system has been established as of January 1, 2016, for specified hit-and-run incidents resulting in death or serious injury. As with AMBER, Silver, or Blue Alerts, the CHP will work with requesting law enforcement agencies to determine whether the hit-and-run meets the criteria for a Yellow Alert, including the use of the freeway
- Driving Under the Influence: if you are convicted of DUI you will have to install and Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in your vehicle for a minimum of five months and up to 36 months depending on the number of DUI convictions.
- Highway lane use: The law requiring slow-moving passenger vehicles to pull over safely to let traffic pass has been amended to apply to all vehicles, effective January 1, 2016. Bicycles will now be included in the legal requirement that slow-moving vehicles use the next available turnout or other area to let backed-up traffic – five or more vehicles – get by.
- Earbuds and Headphones: it is now unlawful to wear earbuds or headphones while driving a motor vehicle or bicycle. Drivers protecting their ears while operating construction or emergency vehicles are excluded. No more jamming in your car with your headphones!
- Electrically Motorized Skateboards: restricts “hoverboards” from being used on public facilities. Hoverboards may not be operated under the influence drugs or alcohol or a fine of up to $250 may be assessed.
The personal Injury attorneys at DiMarco Araujo Montevideo wish you a Safe 2016 on the roads.