CHP Encouraging Motorist to Prepare for New Traffic Laws

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release encouraging California motorists to prepare for the New Year with new traffic laws. This year, there are a variety of new laws that will impact traffic safety on roadways in California. Some of the new laws cover topics ranging from increased penalties for distracted driving, bicycle turning movements at intersections, wildlife salvage permits and motor carrier permit rules. Motorists are being asked to familiarize themselves with the changes, so they know what to expect in the New Year.


Increased Penalties for Distracted Driving

Starting on July 1, 2021, the new law will levy an additional penalty on a driver found to be in violation of the hands-free law. A point will be added on to a driver’s record for each hands-free violation occurring within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense.


Traffic Control Devices: Bicycles

Beginning January 1, 2020, the new law will allow bicycles to travel straight through a right or left-hand turn-only lane while at an intersection, if an official traffic control device indicates the movement is permitted.


Transportation: Omnibus Bill

This amends Section 34621 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) allowing motor carriers of property to continue operating for 30 days past their permit expiration date, under specified circumstances. Additionally, the law will now prohibit the consumption of cannabis, in any manner, by passengers in a bus, taxicab, pedicab, limousine, housecar or camper. This exemption is now only applicable to alcoholic beverages consumed by passengers in these types of vehicles.


Wildlife Salvage Permits

This new law directs the Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a wildlife-collision data collection pilot program to support wildlife conservation efforts. Additionally, the Fish and Game Commission, in consultation with the CHP and others, will establish a wildlife salvage pilot program authorizing the issuance of a permit for the removal and recovery of deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and wild pigs killed by a collision with a vehicle, if the wild game meat is used for human consumption.

The team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. wishes everybody a Safe and Happy New Year, and if you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident involving a distracted or dangerous driver in San Diego or anywhere along the Central Coast, contact our office at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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