New Laws for California Drivers

2016 is just around the corner and just like every new year the State of California has a slew of new regulations and laws for motor vehicles.


This law extends an existing Ignition Interlock Device pilot program until July 2017. Effective in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare counties.  The law requires a person convicted of a DUI to install a interlock device for five months, for the first offense, 12 months for the second, 24 months for the third, and 36 months for a forth. 

SB 405

Traffic Citation Amnesty program lets people with tickets up to $300 to not pay under specific conditions. 

SB 491

Headphones that cover both ears are now illegal while operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle state wide. There are a few exceptions of course for safety headsets or earplugs. 

AB 265

Car dealerships that install starter interrupt and tracking devices must disclose that such devices are installed on the car. The law also requires that advanced warning should be given to purchasers before their car is shut down for lack of payment. This law applies to "buy here pay here" dealers.

AB 604

Electrically Motorized Skateboards are restricted at public facilities and all kinds of safety requirements kick in as well. Including limiting riders to streets with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less, requiring riders to wear a bicycle helmet, and night time visibility gear at night. A violation can get you a ticket of up to $250.

AB 1461

Automatically registers you to vote when you apply for a drivers license. Get ready for political telemarketer calls and jury duty notices in the mail. 

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