As San Diego injury lawyers, we want our readers to be aware of several
new traffic safety laws that are now in effect in California. The new
laws address several important issues, including school bus safety, proper
child restraints, and cell phone use behind wheel.
Below is a brief summary of the new traffic safety laws:
Use of Electronic Devices: Under
California’s amended distracted driving law, it is illegal to drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a
handheld wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device
unless the device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated
and hands-free operation, and it is used in that manner while driving.
Drivers may operate the devices while driving provided that they are properly
mounted according to the law, and the driver’s hand is used to activate
or deactivate a feature or function of the device with the motion of a
single swipe or tap of the driver’s finger.
Car Seats: Under new child safety seat requirements, children under two years of
age must ride rear-facing in an appropriate child passenger safety seat.
Children weighing 40 or more pounds, or standing 40 or more inches tall,
are exempt. California law continues to require that all children under
the age of eight be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety
seat in the back seat of a vehicle.
School Bus Safety: A
new law requires school buses and all other motor vehicles used to transport school-age children be equipped with a "child safety
alert system." Every school is also required to have a transportation
safety plan with procedures to prevent a student from being left unattended
in a vehicle.
Charter Bus Safety: In response to several tragic charter bus crashes, all buses manufactured
after July 1, 2020, will be required to have emergency lighting fixtures
that will turn on in the event of an impact or collision. The law also
requires a bus company to verify that the bus driver provides oral and
written, or video instructions to all passengers on safety equipment and
emergency exits on the bus prior to any trip.
If you or someone you love has suffered serious injury in a California
motor vehicle accident, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. We have the knowledge and experience to obtain the compensation
that injury victims deserve.