Changes to traffic laws in California are coming
as of January 1, 2013
Every year, new driving laws go into effect in California. This January 1, 2013, will see some interesting changes, a number of which relate to technology and how we use it:
- AB 1536: Makes it legal to send and receive text messages with hands-free devices powered by voice-operated software.
- AB 1708: Drivers will have the right to show proof of insurance and registration on a smartphone or tablet when pulled over.
- SB 1298: Self-driving cars will be allowed on public roads for testing purposes as long as a licensed driver is in the driver's seat.
Other new driving laws of note:
- AB 2020: A person arrested for suspected DUI will no longer be given the option of a urine test. (In previous years, the option was given of either a urine test or a blood test.)
- AB 45: Bus and limousine drivers will be held responsible for telling all underage passengers that drinking alcohol is illegal. If alcohol is being transported with underage passengers on board, a person at least 25 year old must be on board to ensure there is no underage consumption of alcohol.
- AB 2405: Cars with Clean Air Vehicle stickers will be allowed to use High Occupancy Toll lanes.
- SB 1047: a Silver Alert system, similar to the Amber Alert, will begin. The Silver Alert is for missing people over 65 years of age.
Be in the know and stay safe while driving on the Peninsula and in the Silicon Valley - and wherever your journeys may take you.