New driving laws that took effect Jan. 1, 2013 include changes in the way suspected DUI drivers are tested for blood alcohol content and the responsibilities of bus and limousine drivers carrying underage passengers.
“The changes to California’s traffic safety laws are designed to protect the motoring public,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.
“Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these new laws in advance of the new year. Adhering to the rules of the road may save your life, or the lives of your fellow motorists,” Farrow said.
The following is a list of updates to California laws that all drivers should take into account.
- AB 2020: A person arrested for suspected DUI will no longer be given the option of a urine test. In previous years, officers gave the option of either a urine test or a blood test.
- AB 45: Bus and limousine drivers will be held responsible for telling all underage passengers that drinking alcohol is illegal. If alcohol is being transported in a bus or limousine with underage passengers on board, a person at least 25 years old must be on board to ensure there is no underage consumption.
- AB 1536: It will be legal to send and receive text messages with hands-free devices powered by voice-operated software.
- AB 1708: Drivers will have the right to show proof of insurance on a smartphone or tablet when pulled over.
- AB 2405: Cars with Clean Air Vehicle stickers will be allowed to use High Occupancy Toll lanes.
- SB 1298: Self-driving cars will be allowed on public roads for testing purposes as long as a licensed driver is in the driver's seat.
- SB 1047: CHP will begin a Silver Alert system similar to Amber Alert, but for missing people over 65 years old.
What do you think of the new laws? What law would you add to make our roads safer? Tell us in the comments.
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