While talking on cellphones is already illegal in California, a new law makes any text-based communication while driving illegal.
A new zero tolerance standard for DUI allows the DMV to administratively suspend drivers licenses for one year. The new law also allows law enforcement agents to immediately impound vehicles of those caught with a BAC of 0.01% if they’re driving on post-DUI probation.
The state’s definition of a motorcycle will be modified so that fully enclosed 3 wheeled motor vehicles can use HOV lanes.
It will also be illegal after the New Year to “forge, counterfeit, or falsify a Clean Air Sticker,” which are the yellow stickers allowing low emission vehicles to use the HOV lanes.
If you forget to get your car smogged and ask for a temporary permit, it’ll now cost you $50.
New medical coverage requirements for auto insurance. Your insurance agent must receive an ‘opt out’ notice from you if you don’t want the increased coverage.
The “judicial driving permit” — a special permit for DUI offenders with suspended license to get to work — will be replaced with a “Monitoring Device Driving Permit,” which allows drunks to drive if they agree to have a breath alcohol ignition interlock installed on their car.
A Three Foot Passing Law becomes effective.
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