With a new year comes new laws for the books, and for 2016 there are some new traffic laws, including some targeted towards the newly popular electric “hoverboards”. Here’s the rundown of the new changes from the California Highway Patrol, which went into effect January 1st, 2016.
Yellow Alert System
Yellow Alerts notifies the public of drivers in hit-and-run crashes that result in deaths or serious injuries. When one occurs, the alert will flash on message signs along the driver’s potential route.
Silver Alert System
Silver Alerts, like Amber alerts, will be used to notify the public when a car is involved in a missing person incident. The system will allow message signs to display alerts for seniors, or people with developmental disabilities who are missing any may be in danger.
In-car Breathalyzer Pilot Program Extension
The pilot project focusing on Breathalyzers in Tulare, Alameda, Los Angeles and Sacramento counties has been given a one-year extension. Under the law, people convicted of driving under the influence may be required to install a Breathalyzer in their cars. If the Breathalyzer detects alcohol on the driver’s breath, the car will not start. The length of time the Breathalyzer is required to stay in the car is based on how many DUI convictions the driver has had.
For more information about DUIs, how breathalyzers can be inaccurate and results contested in court, and your legal rights and defenses when charged with DUI, check out our DUI page.
Slow Cars- Move Over
Slow-moving passenger cars and bicycles will be required to pull to the next available lane to let traffic pass. Bicycles will use the next available turnout to let backed-up traffic – five or more cars – go by.
Age Restriction for “Hoverboards” & Other Electrically Motorized Boards
Electrically motorized boards, such as “hoverboards” may only be ridden by people who are 16 and older and are wearing a helmet. Boards powered by electric propulsion can only be ridden up to 15 mph. Electrically motorized boards can only be ridden on a highway up to 35 mph, or specific designated bikeways. Cities and counties are authorized to restrict the use of the electrically motorized boards.
Electric Bicycle Classifications
A new electric bicycle law creates three separate classes of electric bicycles based upon their maximum speed and power. Classes 1 and 2 have a maximum power of 20 mph, while Class 3 can reach up to 28 mph. Those riding a Class 3 bicycle must be at least 16 and must wear a helmet. Manufacturers and distributors will be required to label the bicycles with the classification number, top assisted speed, and wattage. The new law also sets up safety restrictions and regulates access to trails and paths.
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