CHP announces new laws affecting motorists

SACRAMENTO – The California Highway Patrol has issued a reminder regarding several new laws or changes to existing law that went into effect in 2014. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws that, unless otherwise stated, went into effect on Jan. 1.

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 Sept. 16.

Charter Bus Carriers: Limousines: Emergency Exits (SB 109, Corbett): By January 1, 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 1, 2015. All new limousines manufactured after January 1, 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

12 Responses to "CHP announces new laws affecting motorists"

  1. Ray (the real one)   January 2, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Cha Ching.

  2. FR86   January 3, 2014 at 9:27 am

    Just once I’d like to see our legislative bodies both federal and state ask the question….

    Do we really need this law and can we eliminate a few useless old laws?

    Or maybe have the president or governor veto a law and say we just don’t need any more laws.

    Wouldn’t that be nice?

    Instead they just keep piling them on ………..You can’t fix stupid

  3. DR DR   January 6, 2014 at 9:37 am

    I read yesterday that the rate Obama is changing and making new laws, we will have 17,000 new by 12-31-14. He is ridiculous.

  4. whatever   January 6, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    Does it matter if the bike is in a bike lane or not. All to often I see them riding two to three abreast sometimes totally out of the bike lanes.

  5. Joker   January 10, 2014 at 11:48 am

    @Whatever, I have friends that Cycle in groups or by themselves on the road. I know what you mean, but a an average car weight of 4,000 pounds, throw in some speed and it will kill or seriously injure a human being if you hit them while driving. Next time stand by the side of the road and let a few cars whiz by and see how you feel, just saying….

  6. Reality Checker   January 11, 2014 at 10:54 pm

    So, if you do not consent to a search of your blood when a cop wants you to, a warrant is automatically issued to do a blood draw for the purpose of determining the presence of drugs or alcohol….even if they have no probable cause! Not even any reasonable suspicion! This means the police don’t HAVE to provide any probable cause, all they have to do is just say you refused the search. Last time I checked the 4th amendment to the US Constitution, you had the right to be secure in you person, place, and effects against unreasonable search and seizure. So, the state legislature is making it lawful, (albeit unconstitutional) to force you to submit to a search without any probable cause. Let me connect the dots for the stupid people here…..NO PROBABLE CAUSE EQUALS UNREASONABLE!!!! You progards that keep voting these liberty thieves into office, guess what…your loss of freedom is coming sooner than you think. Is that the kind of world you want to live in? For your kids to grow up in? Really??

  7. Whatever   January 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

    @ Joker, I am all for safety. That’s why I can’t understand why they ride outside the bike lane. It just seems like a no-win situation for the biker regardless if its against the law or not.

  8. Dave   January 25, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Yes, there are too many laws. That is our fault when we elect legislators who think laws solve problems. Not so. People solve problems. Each new law must be implemented by some governmental entity, and therefore increases budget expenses and taxes.
    Read the constitution. Legislators pass new laws, not the President or the Governor.
    It is a shame that people like whatever get to vote, because their ignorance is what elects bad legislators.

  9. dee   January 29, 2014 at 10:27 am

    Whatever – sometimes it is not safe to ride in the bike lane. There is debris, bad paving, tires, glass, garbage etc. The law allows bikes in the road when that is the case. Also there are many areas in Fallbrook where there are no "bike lanes". It is easier for a car driver to see a bike who is "in the lane" rather than near the shoulder when no bike lane is present. I do agree that the bike should yield the lane if and when possible to automobiles. Riders are required by law that bikes to ride single file in the bike lane, when a bike lane is available, unless they are passing another bike. There are bike riders who don’t always obey the law, just like there are automobile drivers who don’t follow the law. At best we can all set the best example we are we are capable to set.

  10. road maniac   January 30, 2014 at 5:55 am

    Some of these bicyclers back up traffic by 5 cars or more on Lilac. I would really like to run them over to prove a point.

  11. AH   January 30, 2014 at 9:33 am

    I would like to see bikes allowed only on roads fit with bike lanes wide enough to use. On lilac bike lanes often are only 4 inches wide (INCHES). In some places they disappear all together from errosion. As far as stacking yourself 3 to 4 wide there are bike laws that clearly state this should not happen. You want to put yourself in harms way knowing there are 4000 lb missles coming at you from behind then you are the only one to blame when you end up down a canyon wondering why! I actually saw a biker on highway 76 yesterday heading east past Gird while 18 wheelers and dump trucks flew by him at 50 miles an hour bends in the road. He was throwing his finger up everytime like he owned the raod and had some type of right to impead freeway traffic. That’s death row in a car why would you even attempt a bike ride there?

  12. Yoshi   June 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    People drive like Maniacs – I have been close to being run off the Road in my 1968 Datsun pickup. I do a lot of farming and carry large loads of Avocados in my truck. I am always safe conscious because it makes sense. The Laws are there for a reason and I support them.


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