New Traffic Laws for 2016 in California

Self-Balancing HoverboardCalifornia drivers: Pay attention. There are a variety of new laws that will affect you in the coming year and, if you don’t follow them, you could very well find yourself in traffic court. Here is a brief rundown of what’s changing.

  1. Ignition Interlock

If you are convicted of a DUI, you may be required to install an ignition interlock device on your vehicle. This pilot program is already in effect, but it was expected to end on January 1, 2016. The program has been extended until at least July 2017.

  1. Traffic Amnesty

The criteria for a person to be eligible for the amnesty program has been modified. You will be eligible for the amnesty program if you made no payments after September 30 2015 in any form. That means to the court or to a collections agency.

  1. Earbuds

Some people choose to wear earbuds instead of holding a phone to their ear while they are driving. The law now prohibits drivers from wearing earbuds in both ears while operating a vehicle. The law does not extend to those wearing headsets or safety earplugs to protect their hearing.

  1. Electric Bicycles

If you operate an electric bicycle or allow your children to do so, the state has now separated these bikes into three categories, each with their own sets of requirements. In general, an electric bicycle is one that is powered by less than 750 watts. You are permitted to ride these bicycles on the road.

  1. Electrically Motorized Skateboards

Did your kids get new electric scooters or hoverboards for the holidays? Know that these “toys” are not permitted on roads with a speed limit greater than 35 miles per hour. It is illegal to operate them under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and riders must be 16 years of age or older. Safety equipment, similar to what bicycle riders wear, must be worn while the board is in operation.

If you have any questions with regard to the new traffic laws, our expert traffic ticket attorneys would be happy to assist you. Please browse our website for more information about our firm and how we can assist you if you find yourself in traffic court. Reach out to us today.

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