Calif. Rolls Out New Driving Laws

Starting in 2017, there will be new laws in place for drivers in the State of California. These laws have been enacted in an effort to make the state’s roadways safer. Don’t forget to adhere to these new rules that come into effect on January 1:

  • Using any handheld electronic device while driving is prohibited. You may mount a phone or other device to your dashboard or central console, but it may not obstruct your view of the road in any way. You are allowed to make calls or otherwise use the device if the task you are attempting to accomplish can be done with a single tap or swipe, but you may not hold the device.
  • Children under 40 pounds or under 3 feet, 3 inches in height and is under 2 years old must be properly secured in an appropriate rear-facing car seat in the back seat of the vehicle.
  • Lane splitting by motorcycles is now legal in California. This means bikers can now drive between two lanes of traffic. The California Highway Patrol, with the help of specified agencies and organizations interested in motorcyclist behavior and general road safety, will develop educational guidelines to ensure both motorcyclists and passenger vehicle drivers stay safe.
  • Certain fees are increasing. Registration is increasing from $43 to $53 starting in April, and environmental license plate fees will increase by the same amount in July. Renewal, retention, transfer or duplication fees for these plates will increase from $38 to $43 starting in January.
  • The minimum threshold of property damage that must be reported to the DMV after a car wreck is increasing from $750 to $1,000.

There are also new laws regarding recalls and and faulty airbags, as well as new background check policies for transportation network companies.

Though these laws are designed to keep California’s roads safe, collisions are bound to happen. If you have been involved in a car accident in Redlands, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the attorneys at MBLK Law Firm today for a free consultation.

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