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2016 Will Bring New Traffic Laws for Californians

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How Will California’s New Laws for 2016 Affect Traffic?

With the New Year just around the corner, Californians should inform themselves of the new transportation-related laws coming into effect in 2016. Here’s a simplified rundown of what you need to know:

  • AB 1461, also known as the California New Motor Voter Program, creates a new automated system for registering qualifying individuals to vote when they get their driver’s license. It probably won’t kick into effect until after the June primaries.
  • People who cannot afford to pay all of their parking tickets at once can set up installment plans with their local government.
  • Limousines must have emergency push out windows.
  • In cases of fatal hit-and-run accidents, vehicular manslaughter charges can be filed within a year of a motorist being identified as a culprit.
  • The California Highway Patrol (CHP) can seek the public’s help in finding hit-and-run suspects through “Yellow Alerts” issued on electronic freeway signs. They can also issue “Silver Alerts” to describe missing seniors who are developmentally disabled or cognitively impaired.
  • Using earbuds, headsets, or earphones while driving or bicycling is prohibited.
  • The existing Ignition Interlock Device (IID) pilot project is extended to Sacramento and Tulare counties.
  • Towing and storage feeds are capped, and tow operators are required to maintain documents that show that they are not acting as “bandit” tow truck drivers.
  • Electrically motorized boards, also known as “hoverboards,” can be ridden within bicycle lanes, pathways and roadways.
  • Uber and Lyft are to be monitored regularly by the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
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The experienced auto accident attorneys at Wilshire Law Firm wish you a safe and happy New Years! If you ever need help with an accident claim, please don’t hesitate to call us at (800) 522-7274 for assistance. Our team of legal experts is on standby, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer FREE, NO OBLIGATION case evaluations.

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