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New Traffic Laws for 2018

New Traffic Laws for 2018

It’s a brand-new year! That means a few things are going to be changing on the roads of California. At the end of 2017, The DMV released new laws that took effect the beginning of this month. The law that has been receiving the most attention is SB 65 that states no one should drive under the influence of marijuana, but there are several others to be mindful of as we carry on throughout the year.

This law prohibits smoking or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while driving or riding as a passenger in a vehicle.

Ridesharing DUIs:
Beginning July 1, 2018, this law makes it unlawful for a person to operate a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.04 percent or more when a passenger for hire is in the vehicle at the time of the offense. This will mean that drivers of passenger for hire, in their personal vehicles, will be held to a higher standard of safety while transporting people.

Seatbelts on buses:
Beginning July 1, 2018, this law requires a passenger on a bus equipped with seat belts to be properly restrained by a safety belt when available.

Road maintenance tax:
Beginning January 1, 2018, the DMV is required to begin collecting at the time of registration or renewal the Transportation Improvement Fee (TIF) ranging from $25 - $175, based on the vehicle’s current value.

Broken parking meters: Drivers cannot be cited for using spaces next to broken parking meters. Jurisdictions may limit to parking to four hours, but must provide signs warning drivers of the limited time. Parking citation debt can also be reduced and paid over time for very low-income individuals.

Disabled parking placards: The DMV will perform random audits of issued placards and reduce the number of issued replacement placards. Permanent placard holders will need to renew placards every six years.

Safely crossing streets: Pedestrians may begin crossing streets when the traffic signal displays a flashing "Don't Walk" or "upraised hand" if there is a countdown timer and the pedestrian can finish safely crossing before the signal stops flashing.