New Laws for the New Year

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January 01, 2016
Edward Smith


New Laws for the New Year

I’m Ed Smith, a Vacaville Car Accident Lawyer. An updated list of approved bills for the new year has recently been released by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. In regards to transportation, several new laws have been introduced and existing laws have changed for 2016.

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DUI: The existing Ignition Interlock Device law which requires those convicted of a DUI to install an ignition interlock device in their car has been extended to January 1, 2017. This law will apply to the following counties: Sacramento, Tulare, Los Angeles, and Alameda.

California Residency Requirement: Applicant must provide proof of California state residency when applying for a driver license or I.D. card beginning on July 1, 2016.

Earbuds/Headphones: It is unlawful for drivers to wear headphones or have earbuds in both ears while operating a vehicle or riding a bicycle.

Highway Lane Use: Slow-moving vehicles are required to safely pull over to allow traffic to pass. Bicycles are now included on this list as a bicyclist must pull over to allow backed-up traffic to pass by.

Pedal-Powered Vehicles: This law is expanding to include pedal-powered devices that seat eight or more passengers, cannot travel faster than 15 mph, and is used for transporting paying customers under the definition of “pedicab.” The operators of these pedicabs must be trained, qualified, and authorized under requirements of the law.

Voting: When applying for a California driver’s license or changing your address with the DMV, you will be registered to vote automatically.

An interactive graphic of the new California laws presented by Capital Public Radio can be found here.

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