AB 1371, known as the Three Feet for Safety Act, a driver passing a bicycle that
is traveling in the same direction must maintain at least 3 feet of distance
between any part of the vehicle and any part of the bicycle or rider.
When 3 feet is not possible, the motor vehicles are required to slow to
a “reasonable and prudent speed” and pass only if there’s
no danger to the bicyclist. Violations can result in a fine, regardless
of whether a collision or injury to the bicyclist results. This law takes
effect Sept. 16, 2014.
AB 60 accomplishes something immigrant advocates have sought for many years,
namely, driver’s licenses for immigrants who are in the country
illegally. The California Department of Motor Vehicles will spend this
year developing rules for issuing the licenses, which will become available
by Jan. 1, 2015.
In response to a pair of deadly limousine fires in 2013,
SB 109 requires limousine drivers to instruct passengers on safety features.
Other provisions of the law require limosines to have at least two doors
and at least one push-out window that functions as a safety exit kick
in July of 2015 or 2016, depending on whether the limo is a new model
or an old one that needs to be retrofitted.
Finally, no more hands-free texting for teen drivers:
SB 194 prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using their cell phones to
compose or read text messages, even if the teens are using a voice-activated
feature such as Siri. This ensures that inexperienced drivers will not
be distracted by text messages during the first few years of driving when
inexperienced drivers should avoid any potential distractions.
You can read more about these new laws and others taking effect Jan 1,
2014 in this
Sacramento Bee story.
If you, or someone you love, has been injured in an auto accident,
call my office to speak to a lawyer to find out about your rights.