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New Laws to Affect Monrovia Drivers

Some new laws and changes to existing ones for drivers will go into effect today.

The California Highway Patrol has provided the following list and summary of some key laws that are getting ready to take effect today and others set for later in the year.

AMBER Alert:  Expansion (AB 535, Quirk): This law requires law enforcement to request activation of the AMBER Alerts after receiving a report that a child has been taken abducted by anyone, including a custodial parent or guardian, who may cause serious bodily injury or death to the child.

Bicycles:  Passing Distance (AB 1371, Bradford): This law prohibits motorists from passing a bicycle with less than three feet between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or driver.  When three feet is not possible, the motor vehicle must slow to a reasonable and prudent speed and only pass when no danger is present to the bicyclist. Failing to do so can incur a fine, regardless of a collision or not. This law will go into effect September 16, 2014.

Charter Bus Carriers:  Limousines:  Emergency Exits (SB 109, Corbett): By January 1st, 2016, every limousine that has been modified or extended to accommodate additional passengers shall have two rear doors and one or two internally removable rear emergency windows. If such modifications occurred on or after July of 2015, these requirements apply immediately after July 1st, 2015. All new limousines manufactured after January 1st, 2015 must meet these requirements as well. 

High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes (AB 266 / SB 286, Yee / Blumenfield): Together these laws extend sunset dates for low emission, zero emission vehicles to operate in high occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) without meeting occupancy requirements to January 1, 2019.

Hit and Run:  Statute of Limitations (AB 184, Gatto): This law extends the statute of limitations for hit-and-run collisions in which death or permanent, serious injury was a result.  A criminal complaint may be filed within three years of the offense, or one year after the person was initially identified by law enforcement as a suspect in the commission of the offense, which ever comes later, but in no case more than six years after the offense.

Registration Fees:  Vehicle Theft (AB 767, Levine): This law authorizes counties to increase registration fees by $1 for passenger vehicles and $2 for commercial vehicles to fund programs related to vehicle theft crimes in those counties. 

Search Warrants:  Chemical Tests (SB 717, DeSaulnier): This amendment to current law authorizes the issuance of a search warrant to draw blood from a person in a reasonable, medically approved manner, to show that the person violated misdemeanor DUI provisions when that person has refused an officer’s request to submit to, or has failed to complete, a blood test. This law has been operative since September 20, 2013.

Teen Drivers (SB 194,  Galgiani): This law prohibits a person who is under 18 years of age from using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving, even if it is equipped with a hands-free device.

For complete information on chaptered bills enacted in 2013, please refer to the Legislative Counsel website at www.LegInfo.ca.gov.


Ellen Zunino January 01, 2014 at 03:56 PM
And bicyclists, like other slow-moving vehicles, should be courteous and pull over to let the cars behind them pass. Let's see if any of the dim-wits on two wheels who impede traffic have any common sense. (And before the pro-bike rants begin: I had and rode a bike for 50 years of my life - and I still miss riding immensely. I just never thought I was the only person on the road.)
Liz January 01, 2014 at 05:23 PM
Well Ellen the bike riders in Arcadia on Foothill certainly think they are the only ones on the road. They have no problem riding two and sometimes three across. Try driving up to Chantry good luck avoiding them or eve giving them three feet. Maybe it's time to use the horn on them there riders.
Barb ZIegler January 02, 2014 at 04:07 PM
My new year's resolution is to be more compassionate and tolerant toward people and views that differ from my own. In that regard, i intend not to rant on a forum like this. However, I do intend to change lanes on Foothill in the rare occasion that I happen to come across cyclists (because seriously how often do I see them, and how much do they impede me? Is it an extra 20 seconds?). If I see cyclists on Chantry, I will slow down and enjoy the view. And pass them when it is safe for us all. And I will celebrate and respect those of my fellow human beings who are exercising (and therefore hopefully reducing future healthcare costs) and who are not producing emissions or using our planet's limited resources.
rubberband January 02, 2014 at 07:25 PM
I give cyclists wide berth and do my best to slow down...I was hit once on a bike (it was my fault however) and it sucked...car vs. bike means OUCH possibly dead to biker, life long mental trauma possibly for motorist....And Barb, I applaud this choice because I believe your husband is an avid bike cyclist and this decision will be good for your marriage! LOL.... Have a great New Year, Zieglers.

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