New California Driving Laws Start Today

The new year brings new driving regulations to the Golden State that take effect Jan. 1, 2013.

The first day of January always brings with it a new set of laws.

This year, there are a number of new driving laws that take effect today, Jan. 1, 2013.

“The changes to California’s traffic safety laws are designed to protect the motoring public,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow.  “Citizens are encouraged to familiarize themselves with these new laws in advance of the new year. Adhering to the rules of the road may save your life, or the lives of your fellow motorists.”

The following is a list of updates to California laws that all drivers should take into account. 

  • AB 2020: A person arrested for suspected DUI will no longer be given the option of a urine test. In previous years, officers gave the option 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 in a bus or limousine with underage passengers on board, a person at least 25 years old must be on board to ensure there is no underage consumption.
  • AB 1536: It will be 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 on a smartphone or tablet when pulled over. 
  • AB 2405: Cars with Clean Air Vehicle stickers will be allowed to use High Occupancy Toll lanes. 
  • 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. 
  • SB 1047: CHP will begin a Silver Alert system similar to Amber Alert, but for missing people over 65 years old. 

What do you think of the new laws? What law would you add to make our roads safer? Tell us in the comments.

Terry January 08, 2013 at 10:12 AM
Can I sleep in my car drunk if I put the keys in the trunk and I'm in a walmart parking lot? So the police should not even have right to wake me correct? In the same lot, Can I have nookie in my car if she is not my spouse? I'm a cheap date but I have skills.
Brian C January 09, 2013 at 01:59 AM
First off, it's good to see that us Americans haven't lost our spunk. Props to the jokers, and keep on hatin' you haters out there. Let's just remember how often we project what we really are on faceless blogs like this one. As for the new laws, they seem appropriate considering what's ACTUALLY happening on the road. Be real my people. Think of how many people have cell phones compared to 10 years ago. And how many more very young and very old drivers are on the road, many of which are too inexperienced or simply lack good judgement. I just hope that police officers use proper discretion when on their beat so they can catch the real bad guys. The bus/limo thing seems pretty stupid, I mean when was the last time you heard of a bday bash or sweet 16 turning into the underage bust of the year (and I apologize for my ignorance ahead of time if that does frequently happen). But if the lawmakers think its a good idea, then it's our responsibility as citizens to recognize it as something in our best interest. And if it sucks, go write a nasty letter to your congressperson. Just to note, a free society in my opinion has no laws. There is no need for them. These people don't always do what's right, but they don't need anyone to tell them what the definition of wrong is. They fear wrongdoing because it brings people down as a whole. So until we live united, I guess we will just have to deal with general consequences.
zach January 13, 2013 at 02:16 AM
I just wanted to comment about the blog cops. Haha
STEVE STEWART February 01, 2013 at 03:21 PM


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