New California Traffic Laws in 2017

Now that 2017 has made its debut, new traffic laws have made an appearance as well. The Automobile Club of Southern California has disclosed the following list of new traffic laws that have been effect since January 1st, 2017:

  • A rear-facing child safety seat is now a requirement for children who are 2 years old or younger. The previous law made rear-facing child safety seats essential for children who were under the age of 1.
  • Those who are over 40 inches tall or weigh more than 40 pounds are exempt since not all safety seats can fit these children.
  • Wireless devices such as smartphones must be mounted within a vehicle when they are in use by drivers. These devices may be mounted on the center console, lower corner of the windshield, and dashboard as long as they are not obstructing the view of a driver.
  • If you are involved in a collision that leads to an injury or at least $1,000 worth of damage, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) needs to be aware. Previously, the DMV was notified if there was at least $750 in damage.

There are also several laws that will either go into effect at a later date or are currently being discussed. These laws include:

  • Guidelines for lane splitting by the California Highway Patrol will be developed. According to California law, motorcyclists are allowed to travel between lanes when traffic comes to a stop.
  • Drivers who are providing ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft cannot surpass a blood alcohol content level of 0.04 beginning July 1st, 2018.
  • On January 1st, 2019, repeat DUI offenders and first-time DUI offenders involved in crashes that cause injuries will receive an ignition interlock device for six to 48 months.

While there aren’t a lot of new bus or large vehicle laws changing, it is good to stay up to date on this information. You can always contact the best Los Angeles bus accident lawyers, the SoCal Injury Lawyers, if you ever have issues with an MTA or Greyhound bus accident in 2017 and beyond.

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