New California Traffic Laws in 2014

As the 2014 starts, several big changes to the California traffic laws have kicked in as well.

The new laws are now being implemented by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Thus, our motorcycle accident law firm is giving drivers a heads-up about the big changes.

Here are the summaries of some of the new traffic laws that have taken into effect as early as the first day of this year:

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More space for bicyclists

Under the new law called AB1317 or Three Feet for Safety Act, all motorists passing a bicycle in the same direction are required to give the bicyclist at least 3-foot clearing. By September 16, motorists who will be caught passing too close to a bicycle could be fined, regardless whether there was a collision or none.

Teen drivers

Under the new law known as SB 194, drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using electronic wireless devices to write, send or even read text messages while behind the wheel, even if the device is equipped with a hands-free feature like the Apple’s Siri.

High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes

Under the two laws: AB 266 and SB 286, low-emission or zero-emission vehicles like hybrid cars can still continue using high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes without the need to meet the federal occupancy requirements until January 1, 2019.

Hit-and-run drivers search

Under the new law known as AB 184, the previous three year statute of limitations for hit-and-run offenses has been extended to six years from the date of the crash that causes wrongful death and permanent or serious personal injury.

Search warrants for DUI suspects

This is just an amendment to the existing law. According to the newly amended SB 717, a driver who refuses or failed to complete a blood test can be served with a search warrant to draw blood in a clinically approved manner. This law has been in fact, up since September 30, 2013.

Limousines’ emergency exits

In light of the series of fiery limousine crashes last year in the state, the new law known as SB 109 requires modified or extended limousines to have two rear doors and one or two internally removed rear emergency safety exits.

 

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