California is set to usher in the new year with a series of traffic laws aimed at enhancing road safety and addressing various issues on the state’s roadways. Starting on January 1, 2024, these laws will introduce significant changes for motorists. Here are the seven key traffic laws you need to be aware of:
1.- Speeding Tickets via Cameras (AB 645): Several cities in California will implement a system similar to red-light cameras to issue citations to drivers who exceed speed limits. This new law allows the use of video cameras to enforce speed limits and promote safer driving.
2.- No Parking in Bike Lanes (AB 361): Authorities will have an easier time penalizing drivers who park in bike lanes or on bike paths. Through the use of cameras, cities can issue citations to drivers who illegally occupy bicycle lanes.
3.- No Parking Near Pedestrian Crossings (AB 413): Starting in 2024, drivers who park within 20 feet of pedestrian crossings, whether marked or unmarked, or within 15 feet of crosswalks with extended curbs, may face fines. This law is designed to improve pedestrian visibility and reduce accidents.
4.- Extended Grace Period for Expired License Plate Tags (AB 256): This new law offers a grace period for drivers with expired rear license plate tags. If, for example, your tag expired in January, you can only be cited starting from March, allowing a two-month buffer period.
5.- Protection for Lowriders (AB 436): California cities are prohibited from banning lowriders, also known as cruisers, and modifying car suspensions to lower them. This law aims to protect the culture and rights of lowrider enthusiasts.
6.- Harsher Penalties for Catalytic Converter Theft (AB 641): The state is cracking down on catalytic converter theft with stricter penalties. Individuals caught with nine or more catalytic converter pieces will be charged with auto dismantling.
7.- Control to Prevent Catalytic Converter Theft (AB 1519): To combat the serious issue of catalytic converter theft, this law prohibits erasing a vehicle’s identification number from a catalytic converter and possessing three or more altered catalytic converters.
These new traffic laws in California reflect the state’s commitment to road safety, environmental protection, and fair enforcement of traffic regulations. As they come into effect on January 1, 2024, it’s essential for all Californians to familiarize themselves with these changes to ensure safer and more responsible driving on the state’s roadways.