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CELL PHONE AND TEXTING DEVICES  23123.5 CVC   Effective January 1, 2017, a person shall not drive a motor vehicle while holding and operating a handheld cell phone or texting device.  They can only be used if they allow for voice operated and hands-free operation.  The devices may be operated only if the both of […]

Make this Summer a Safe One

Important Safety Reminders for Summer Travel Plans Although the calendar may not say it, in California summer season has started. For many, those long-awaited vacation plans are drawing near. While some may be sticking around and enjoying barbeques and visits to that special local spot, others may be in store for a road trip to […]

Advice for Winter Driving

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday and a predicted wet winter, the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) is sharing this important message with travelers: drive safely and be prepared for inclement weather at all times. Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year with the likelihood of an increased number of […]

Common Sense Safety Tips for Summer Travel

School is out, graduations are over and the heat of summer is on. You’ve got your suntan lotion, a giant cooler ‘ you’re ready for a summer road trip. Or maybe you’re just putting up with the usual hours long commute in stop-and-go traffic, but with waves of heat bouncing off the asphalt. A few […]

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Traffic Safety Partners Make Plea to Motorists: ‘Silence the Distraction’ “Driving is a complex task, requiring a motorist’s full attention,” CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow said. “Imagine driving for four or five seconds while blindfolded. That can be the effect of looking down while driving to send a text message. In the average time it takes […]

The Three Feet for Safety Act is now law in California.

21760. (a) This section shall be known and may be cited as the Three Feet for Safety Act. (b) The driver of a motor vehicle overtaking and passing a bicycle that is proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall pass in compliance with the requirements of this article applicable to overtaking and passing […]

Focus on Summer Safety for Kids

Summertime is when we should all be more aware of the deadly danger of heatstroke and to never, ever leave a child alone in a vehicle,” added NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman. “Even on a mild summer day, the temperatures in a vehicle can rise rapidly to levels high enough to kill a child left […]

New 2014 CA Traffic Laws

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is reminding motorists of some of the new laws that will become effective in the new year. The following laws go into effect on January 1, 2014, unless otherwise noted. Bicycles: Passing Distance. AB 1371 (Bradford), known as the Three Feet for Safety Act, will require […]