New California Driving Laws for 2017

The start of 2017 brings into affect new driving laws for all California drivers. Study up on these new laws you need to know for the new year.

Cell Phones

In October, California lawmakers passed a new bill prohibiting cell phone use for drivers behind the wheel. This law went into effect January 1st, making any cell phone use, whether it be for GPS, music, or social media, illegal for California drivers.

The new law was signed by governor Jerry Brown with hopes of eliminating accidents caused by distracted driving. California Highway Patrol officer, Juan Galvan, explained the law stating, “People were holding it in their hands using their GPS. So this new law is going to eliminate that all together and now you have to have it mounted.”

Drivers who still wish to use their cell phones for GPS purposes must now use a cell phone dashboard mount. These mounts will only be permitted in one of two locations, the right or left corner of the windshield, and must not obstruct the driver’s clear view of the road. Drivers must only use one or two fingers to control their mounted phone while driving.

Lane Splitting

This year, motorcycle lane splitting regulations have also gone into effect. The new law states motorcycle lane splitting is permitted, if it is done safely. California Highway Patrol plans to work with motorcycle organizations to clearly define what is a safe maneuver for motorcycle lane splitting.

Other New Laws

Additional new laws include a new car seat regulation requiring children to use rear-facing car seats until they are 40 inches tall, 40 pounds, or 2 years old, as well as school bus safety procedures and increased tour bus inspections.

The introduction of new driving laws requires all licensed California drivers to get educated and be familiar with the new requirements. These laws have been put into place for the safety of you and the other drivers on the road. Respect the new regulations, or face the risk of having to pay an expensive ticket.

If you have a question about current California driving laws, or would like to seek help from an accident attorney, contact us at 800.676.5295.