As the ball dropped and it officially became 2017, new traffic laws were
put into place in California. As of January 1, 2017, a few laws were changed,
added or clarified under the CVC. As a driver, it is important to know
how the laws have changed to avoid unnecessary tickets and fines in the
New Year. Here are a few changes to the traffic laws in California to
keep you abreast of what you can be cited for behind the wheel.
Using GPS Applications on Your Cell Phone
Many drivers depend on the GPS application on their cell phones to help
them plan their trips. Although it has been illegal to use a handheld
cell phone for sending or receiving communications for some time, many
drivers were still using it for GPS. The law now dictates that it is illegal
to use a hand-held device or phone, even for GPS applications.
Assembly Bill 1785, the change to the use of wireless devices code in the CVC states that
GPS devices must be mounted on the windshield in the right or left lower
corner to be legal. Another option is on the dashboard, if it does not
block the view of the driver or airbag deployment.
Motorcycle Lane Splitting
It is now defined as legal for motorcycles to use lane splitting on California
roads under VC 21658.1 after
AB 51 was signed in August 2016. This is defined as driving a motorcycle in
the same lane between rows of stopped or moving vehicles. While it was
not defined as illegal before January 1st, it is now considered legal under the law.
Child Car Seat Regulations
Child car seat regulations under VC Section 27360 have been altered slightly
for 2017. Children under the age of two must be in a rear-facing child
passenger seat, with an exception. Children who are 40 lbs. or heavier
or are at least 40 inches tall are exempt from this regulation regardless
of age. All children under eight years old must still ride in the back
seat in a child safety seat.
Pleading ignorance to changes in the law will not get you out of a traffic
ticket. However, many tickets can be dismissed when you have an attorney
on your side to fight your case.
Avoid Traffic Tickets in 2017
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