New Traffic Safety Laws in 2021New Traffic Safety Laws in 2021

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) recently issued a press release about the upcoming traffic safety law changes that are getting ready to take effect in 2021. Officials with the CHP are hoping to get the word out about the new laws to make sure motorists are prepared for the upcoming changes. This year, the new traffic safety laws are covering issues like license points for distracted driving, unattended children in vehicles, move over and slow down and emergency vehicle warning sounds.


License Points for Distracted Driving

Starting July 1, 2021, violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record. This involves the violations of talking or texting while driving (except for hands-free use) and to any use of a device while driving by a person under the age of 18.


Unattended Children in Motor Vehicles

Taking effect on January 1, 2021, this law exempts a person from civil or criminal liability for trespassing or damaging a vehicle when rescuing a child who is six years old or younger and who is in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of ventilation or other dangerous circumstances.


“Move Over, Slow Down”

Also beginning on January 1, 2021, the new law extends the provisions of the “Move Over, Slow Down” law currently in place on freeways to also apply to local streets and roads. This means that drivers will have to move over or slow down to a reasonable speed for emergency vehicles, Caltrans vehicles and even tow trucks on all highways, not just freeways.


Emergency Vehicles

This law allows authorized emergency vehicles to use a “Hi-Lo” warning sound. This is a different sound than a siren and would be used to notify the public of an immediate need to evacuate an area in an emergency.

If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a car accident caused by a dangerous or distracted driver in San Diego or anywhere in Southern California, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation today.

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