SACRAMENTO, Calif.- With the new year, California drivers will be seeing new traffic laws, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The California Legislature approved new laws in 2019 regarding bicycles, distracted driving, transportation, use of deadly force by law enforcement, and even new roadkill regulations.
These laws are effective starting January 1, 2020.
AB 392 revises the standards for the use of deadly force by police. The standard of reasonable force has been amended to “objective reasonable force.”
Also, a new law (SB 230) requires law enforcement agencies to rewrite use of force policy and provide mandatory training to all police officers.
Another new law (AB 1266) allows bicyclists to travel straight through a right or left-hand turn-only lane while at an intersection, if a stoplight allows the movement.
An omnibus bill (AB 1810) revises the California Vehicle Code to allow motor carriers of property to operate their vehicles for 30 days past their permit expiration date. This law also will prohibit the consumption of cannabis by passengers in a bus, taxicab, pedicab, limousine, house car, or camper. The passengers are still allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in these vehicles.
A new roadkill bill (SB 395) allows for the establishment of a wildlife salvage program and the issuance of permits to retrieve deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, and wild pigs from the roadway. The meat has to be used for human consumption and the animal must have died during a vehicle collision.
Beginning July 1, 2021, a new law (AB 47) will impose an additional penalty on a driver if they are found in violation of California’s hands-free law. A point will be added on to a driver’s record for each hands-free violation received within 36 months of being found guilty for the same offense.