California 2020 New Traffic Laws Guide

California New 2020 Motor Vehicle Laws Courtesy of CHP
California 2020 New Traffic Laws take effect Wednesday January 1 2020.
The California Highway Patrol reminds the California Driving community to become aware of the changes.

The California Legislature approved new laws in 2019 that will go in affect in 2020.

California New Traffic Laws Increase Roadway Safety With Focus On

Increased Distracted Driving Penalties

Peace Officer use of Deadly Force

Bicycle turning movements at Intersections

Wildlife Salvage Permits

Motor Carrier Permit Rules

California Motorists 2020 New Traffic Laws Highlights*

License Points for Distracted Driving (AB 47, Daly):
Current law prohibits a person from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone in a handheld manner; if found in violation, the offense is punishable by a fine.
However, beginning July 1, 2021, this new law will levy an additional penalty on a driver 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 occurring within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense.

Peace Officer Use of Deadly Force (AB 392, Weber):
Beginning January 1, 2020, this new law revises the standards for use of deadly force by peace officers.
The use of deadly force by a peace officer is justifiable when the officer reasonably believes it is necessary. Section 835a of the Penal Code amends the reasonable force standard to “objectively reasonable force.”

Law Enforcement: Use of Deadly Force Training Policies (SB 230, Caballero):
With the enactment of AB 392, this new law requires law enforcement agencies to rewrite use of force policy and provide mandatory training to all peace officers in order to comply with the new law.

Traffic Control Devices: Bicycles (AB 1266, Rivas):
This new law allows bicycles to travel straight through a right or left-hand turn-only lane while at an intersection, if an official traffic control device indicates the movement is permitted.
The Department of Transportation would be required to develop standards to implement the provisions.

Transportation: Omnibus Bill (AB 1810, Committee on Transportation):
Section 34621 of the California Vehicle Code (CVC) allowing motor carriers of property to continue operating for 30 days past their permit expiration date, under specified circumstances.
This legislation also provided for an amendment to Section 23229 CVC. California law will now prohibit the consumption of cannabis, in any manner, by passengers in a bus, taxicab, pedicab, limousine, housecars, or camper. This exemption is now only applicable to alcoholic beverages consumed by passengers in these types of vehicles.

Wildlife Salvage Permits (SB 395, Archuleta):
Directs the Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct a wildlife-collision data collection pilot program to support wildlife conservation efforts.
Additionally, this bill would authorize the Fish and Game Commission, in consultation with the CHP and other stakeholders, to establish a wildlife salvage pilot program authorizing the issuance of a permit for the removal and recovery of deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, and wild pigs killed because of a collision with a vehicle, if the wild game meat is used for human consumption.

*= There may be other new laws.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles Online Site has listed their highlights of New California Laws for 2020.
California Legislature Information is Online

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