New Traffic Laws You Need To Be Aware Of In 2016
Evolution is a constant process and like everything else, laws evolve over time too. The constant updating of traffic laws is especially crucial, so that peace and order is maintained on the roads, and the safety of drivers and pedestrians is protected. For this reason, the state of California has instated new traffic-related laws, in effect since January 1, 2016.
Listed below are the main changes that have been made:
This year, California has instated a new system with respect to hit-and-run accidents in the state, which is referred to as the Yellow Alert System. The yellow alert can only be called if the accident has resulted in a death or major injuries. Moreover, the police must also have attained some minor proof regarding the suspect, e.g. a few digits of the license plate number on the suspect’s car.
The highway patrol in California now has the liberty to send digital messages as guided by the police or any other law enforcement agency. This is aimed to help spread information faster, leading to a greater probability of identifying/apprehending the culprit.
DMV Madera CA Rules for Headsets
It is no longer allowed for drivers on the road to use ear plugs, headphones or any device that hinders the sense of hearing, plugged into both ears. Only people who are hard of hearing are exempted from this rule. This is a safety measure that the state of California thinks is mandatory to allow people to hear safety alerts.
A pilot project has started, according to which anybody who has been convicted of driving under the influence will have to install a device known as the ignition interlock device. This device calculates the amount of alcohol in the driver’s breath and if it is above the legal level allowed, it stops the car engine from starting.
The project was supposed to expire by the end of 2015 but it has received an extension and shall continue to be executed throughout 2016 as well. In case you get into any trouble with DUI laws, a Fresno DUI attorney will be able to help you out. Get in touch with the Fresno Law Men, since our experience in fighting DUI cases will be placed at your disposal.
Use of Highway Lanes
Previously, the application of the rule that ordered slow-moving vehicles to pull over (to let fast-moving vehicles pass if there are more than five being blocked) was limited to motor vehicles only. Since January 1st, 2016 the rule applies to bicycles in California too.
Electronic Motor Board Regulations by Fresno DMV
2016 sees the state of California, bringing electronically-propelled (using not more than 1000 watts) boards like hoverboards under the umbrella of road vehicles. There are, however, certain rules that must be followed.
The rider will have to wear a helmet and will not be allowed to ride the board when drunk. Moreover, he/she must also be at least 16 years of age to be allowed to ride it. The maximum speed allowed for such boards is 15mph and can only be ridden on roads that do not allow vehicles faster than 35mph. Their use at night is also contained, only allowing boards with lights or reflectors to get on the road.
DMV Fresno & Other Areas’ Voter Registration
Starting from 2016, anybody who gets a driver’s license, whether a new one or a renewal, will automatically be registered to vote in the state of California. There will of course be the option of rescinding this right.
Each new year comes with its own surprises, some exciting, and others not so much. However, the above developments couldn’t come at a better time, making 2016 an excellent and safer year for all the people on the road. At Fresno Law Men, we’re committed to giving you the best advice. In case you have any queries regarding the new rules and laws, do not hesitate to contact us!