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New California Laws to Affect Drivers in 2013

Several laws and amendments passed by the California State Legislature will go into effect on Jan. 1 and could affect many California drivers.

The new year is almost here and with it comes the resolution, a promise to change the way we've done things in the past.

The state of California has made several resolutions herself and about 800 new laws will go into effect in 2013.

Below is a list of new laws or changes to existing laws that go into effect on Tuesday and will likely affect you as a California driver.   

  • Passenger Charter-party Carriers’ Act, AB 45: Any driver of a chartered limo or bus will be required to make sure that passengers are of the legal drinking age when alcohol is being consumed in their vehicle. If a minor is found to have been drinking alcohol during the ride, the driver is required to return that passenger to where they were picked up.  
  • CHP Silver Alerts, SB 1047: The California Highway Patrol will implement a "silver alert" into its emergency alert system to allow it to assist in searches for missing people over the age of 65. 

How will these laws affect you? Tell us in the comments section below.

  • Autonomous Vehicles, SB 1298: The law will allow for self-driving cars to be test-driven on public roads while a licensed driver is in the driver's seat. The driver will be able to take over immediate manual control in the event of vehicle failure or some other emergency.
  • Used Car Dealer Practices, AB 1534, AB 1447: Under AB 1534, used car dealers that provide direct financing to buyers must label their cars with specific information about them, including reasonable market value and the source of the information. AB 1447 will require these dealers provide a vehicle warranty, limit them from tracking customer vehicles with GPS devices and prevent them from being able to electronically disable a vehicle without signed consent from the buyer at the time of purchase.
  • Hands-Free Text and Driving, AB 1536: The law will allow a person to send and receive text messages while driving if they are doing so using a phone's hands-free, voice-operated functions.   
  • Veteran License Plates, AB 1550: Veterans will be able to apply for specialized plates designating them as participants of specific wars or conflicts with the use of new decals. Old decals will be phased out depending on demand and cost of production.
  • California Legacy Plates, AB 1658: Drivers whose cars are registered in California will be able to opt for specialized license plates that look similar to plates used in the state in past years.
  • Traffic Violator School, AB 1888: The law will allow a driver with a commercial license who has committed a traffic offense to attend traffic violator school, thus preventing them from getting a point on their license.
  • Driving Under the Influence, AB 2020: A person arrested for suspected DUI will no longer be given the option of a urine test. In previous years, the option was given of either a urine test of a blood test.
  • Choose Clean Cars Act, AB 2405: Vehicles that meet California's super ultra-low emissions standards may qualify for stickers which will allow for single-driver travel in high-occupancy vehicle lanes. 
  • Vessel Registration Fees, AB 2443: The registration fee for boat owners will increase to support the monitoring and infestation prevention of dreissenid mussels, which attach to the bottoms of boats.
American Girl December 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Not sure I like this one so much. Hands-Free Text and Driving, AB 1536: The law will allow a person to send and receive text messages while driving if they are doing so using a phone's hands-free, voice-operated functions.   
American Girl December 29, 2012 at 01:42 AM
If you knew how a smartphone works (you first have to be smart) you cant just start talking and it will text. At least I have a drivers license and have a job, you sit home and wait for your nurse to change your diaper.
Theotis December 29, 2012 at 03:03 AM
This is a good law for Jeff, he will be able to give his boyfriend road head while texting for him
Theotis December 29, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Go June Go. You know that Jeff is only filling his diaper up with his brains
American Girl December 29, 2012 at 03:52 AM
Theo I am starting to get bored with him. He is way too easy.
American Girl December 29, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Shane first of all you need to open an app for that, second there is no such thing as an Obama iphone and third you are a tard. I would debate you any day, any time on any subject and I would win. Bring it fat boy!
American Girl December 29, 2012 at 05:25 AM
He is one fugly dude too!
American Girl December 29, 2012 at 05:28 AM
So do you have a special phone so your hands can stay on your peter at all times?
Adrian December 29, 2012 at 05:54 AM
Did you guys all escape from the same place?
JJ Mclure December 29, 2012 at 03:02 PM
they all voted for Obooma
LBV Collins December 29, 2012 at 03:15 PM
"Autonomous Vehicles, SB 1298: The law will allow for self-driving cars to be test-driven on public roads while a licensed driver is in the driver's seat," as long as "The driver will be able to take over immediate manual control in the event of vehicle failure or some other emergency." Geez!!! What's the point of having a car that automatically drives for you if you have to sit there, poised to pounce, ready to jump into action in the event of a sudden life-or-death emergency? Makes me stressed just thinking about it. (I'd rather just drive myself.)
PhilM December 29, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Traffic Copter's gonna love the pile-ups these can cause, without the fog masking the carnage!
Galactic Cannibal December 29, 2012 at 11:05 PM
The POLICE STATE creeps closer and closer. In the so-called Land of the Free.
EQ December 30, 2012 at 03:25 AM
Galactic your are correct. Police State. Let's just keep voting for Diane Feinstein and Jerry Brown. What a joke. What have either of these two done for anyone in CA? I think voters are just a bunch of zombies anymore. We need one term limits for all offices so elected officials stop worrying about their re-election and start governing.
Mark December 30, 2012 at 03:35 PM
Increase fees for voter registration bother me. The money is supposed to be use to track invasive muscle species. I bet that none of the money gets spent there, it will go to the general fund.
Roberto December 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
LOL! What a joke!
Galactic Cannibal December 31, 2012 at 04:40 AM
The days of the WILD WEST are dead and gone . Replaced by police control state, created by ball less bureaucrats. And masses of conditioned low IQ citizens.
Pickles December 31, 2012 at 05:18 PM
No new laws for idiots who drive too slow?
Patrick December 31, 2012 at 07:35 PM
what is a muscle species?? Or did you mean mussel species.
tom January 01, 2013 at 02:34 PM
The lunatics have taken over the asylum.
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Becky Honkington January 02, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I just need to say "Siri - I need directions to....." and VIOLA! My phone does it and speaks back. Yeah!!!
Becky Honkington January 02, 2013 at 03:37 PM
June is misinformed regarding hands free. You need not touch the phone with an iPhone.
Dawn Sommers January 04, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I agree with you 100%. They probably cause more accidents than people texting & driving

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