New legislation for 2008, oh, and Happy New Year!

It’s 2008, a new year with new rules of the road going into effect here in California! I knew one of them, but was surpirsed by some of the others, so I thought I’d share some highlights (these come from the AAA website, which offers a nice synopsis of all the new laws and their penalties):

  • Effective July 1, 2008: The law banning the use of hand-held cell phones goes into effect. Drivers who violate the law will face a base fine of $20 for a first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.
  • Effective July 1, 2008: It will be illegal for a minor to use a wireless telephone (even if it’s hands-free) or other mobile service device (any device used to communicate electronically), while operating a vehicle.
  • Effective Jan 1, 2008: It is illegal for anyone in a vehicle to smoke when a minor is present.
  • Effective Jan 1, 2008: It is illegal to sell or use a “product” (spray coating) that impairs the reading of a license plate by an electronic devices such as red-light cameras, toll booth cameras and license plate readers.