SACRAMENTO — Several new laws or changes to existing law that go into effect this year will impact motorists, according to the California Highway Patrol. The following are summaries of some transportation-related laws that, unless otherwise stated, go into effect Jan. 1.
AMBER Alert Expansion: This law requires law enforcement to request activation of the AMBER Alerts after receiving a report that a child has been taken by anyone, including a custodial parent or guardian, who may cause serious bodily injury or death to the child.
Bicycles — Passing Distance: 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.
Limousine Emergency Exits: By Jan. 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 Jan. 1, 2015, must meet these requirements as well...