During 2007, the California State Legislature approved several new laws. The following are just a few of the laws which may affect you and your family members:
CELL PHONE USE UNDER AGE 18:
Starting July 1, 2008, minors (under age 18) are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone (cell phone), including a hands-free device, and/or any type of mobile service device (pager, texting devices, laptops, and factory-installed subscriber services such as On-Star). The law provides an exemption for (9-1-1) emergency situations.
HANDS FREE PHONE USE:
Starting July 1, 2008, drivers are prohibited from using a wireless (cell phone) telephone while driving, unless a hands-free listening and speaking device is being used.
Starting January 1, 2008, law enforcement officers can now impound a vehicle for up to 30 days when a person is arrested for street racing, exhibition of speed, or reckless driving.
SMOKE FREE VEHICLES:
Starting January 1, 2008, the law prohibits anyone from smoking a cigarette, pipe, or cigar in a vehicle while minors (under age 18) are present, regardless if the vehicle is in motion or at rest.
Starting January 1, 2008, the law now allows law enforcement officers to tow a vehicle that displays false registration, false license plates, or fraudulent registration.
SCHOOL ZONE SPEED LIMITS:
Starting January 1, 2008, the law allows local jurisdictions to establish a speed limit of 15-mph within 500 feet of a school and when children are present or arriving at or leaving the school.
Starting January 1, 2008, a person operating a bicycle during darkness is required to utilize illumination devices and reflectors while riding upon a highway, a sidewalk, or a bikeway.