California’s New Traffic Laws and You

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Changes for Commuters and Passengers Alike

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Beverly Hills car crash involving mini van.

A new slate of laws came onto the books recently. California’s new legislative year means a number of key changes to just about every role of life in the Golden State.Furthermore, many of the largest changes involve the road and those on it.

The LA Times reported on some of the changes ahead. One of the largest changes responds to the Pokemon Go craze. Drivers are not able to operate a motor vehicle while playing the game. The state also established rules for motorcycle speeds while lane splitting. There is a major advance revolving around ride-sharing apps. The companies Uber and Lyft can no longer hire sex offenders, DUI offenders, or violent felons. The companies hired a number of drivers accused of attempted rape and violence against passengers. This is a major win for all riders. In addition, drivers for the ridesharing companies cannot operate their vehicles with a blood alcohol level above 0.04%.

There were also advances for passengers of other types of transport. This includes charter bus. The act comes two years after the Orland crash killed 10 people. Drivers of these vehicles must give their passengers written or video instructions on how to use safety equipment and emergency exists. School districts now must change their bus driver training in order to prevent children being left alone on buses. Violations must be reported to the state DMV.

Many Avenues for Effects

All of these have their own changes. It is not clear how the laws will function in the real world. Some, like protections for ride sharing consumers, are well overdue. It also follows other locations outright banning the practice. Changes to charter vehicles are also past due but likely do not go far enough. We here at Ehline Law watch these types of cases closely and advocate for the rights of motorists and passengers alike. Keep reading our site for more information on how these changes will affect you and your family.