The California Highway Patrol (CHP) just issued a press release about the upcoming changes to traffic safety laws in California for 2017. Motorists are encouraged to familiarize themselves with all of the new laws and the changes that will be impacting traffic safety in the State of California. Listed below are some of the new traffic safety laws impacting California drivers next week.
2017 Traffic Law Changes
- Child Safety Seats (AB 53, Garcia)
- Use of Wireless Electronic Devices in Vehicles (AB 1785, Quirk)
- DUI: Ignition Interlock Device (SB 1046, Hill)
- Lane Splitting for Motorcycles (AB 51, Quirk)
- Child Alert System for School Bus Safety (SB 1072, Mendoza)
- Charter Bus Safety Improvements (SB 247, Lara)
- Tour Bus Safety Inspections (AB 1677, Ting)
Child Safety Seats– Children under two years of age must ride in rear-facing age and size appropriate child safety seats. Children weighing 40 pounds or more or 40 inches or taller are exempt. All children under the age of eight must be properly restrained in an appropriate car seat in the back of a vehicle.
Use of Wireless Electronic Devices– Motorists are no longer allowed to hold a wireless telephone or electronic wireless communication device while driving. The device must be mounted to certain safety specifications.
Ignition Interlock Device– Driving Under the Influence (DUI) offenders must install ignition interlock devices (IID) in their vehicles for a specific length of time in order to get a restricted or reinstated license.
Lane Splitting by Motorcycles– Clarified lane splitting for motorcycle riders. Motorcycles are still permitted to drive between rows of stopped or moving vehicles in the same lane. Check with the CHP for additional educational safety guidelines for safe lane splitting.
Child Alert System and School Bus Safety– all school buses and other school-age-child-transport vehicles will be required to be equipped with a “child safety alert system.” All schools will be required to have a safety plan that ensures no children are left unattended in a vehicle.
Charter Bus Safety Improvement-Additional safety regulations for bus drivers on charter buses. Also, there will be additional emergency lighting fixtures required for all buses manufactured after July 1, 2020.
Tour Bus Safety Inspections– New protocols for working with local governments to increase inspections for tour buses operated within their jurisdictions.
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