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New California 2021 Laws – Traffic/Car

Amidst all the unknown in the world today, there are few things we can be certain of. Coming into 2021, some of the things we can be certain about, are the new vehicle and traffic laws that came into effect in California on January 1st.


New California 2021 Laws

Californians, here are the new laws that came into effect in the new year regarding vehicle and traffic laws:

No Penalty for Damaging Vehicle if While Rescuing Child from Car (A.B. 2717)

  • This will exempt an individual “from civil or criminal liability for trespassing or damaging a vehicle when rescuing a child. This applies to children who are 6 years old or younger. As well as children who are in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or other dangerous circumstances”. This information is according to California Highway Patrol.


Must Pull Over of Slow Down on Local Streets, Roads for Certain Vehicles (A.B. 2285)

  • This adds to the current “Move over, slow down” law to apply to local streets and roads. In other words, if drivers are approaching an emergency vehicle with emergency lights, tow trucks, and CalTrans vehicles, drivers must pull over or slow to a reasonable speed.


Violating the Hands-Off Cell Phone Law Twice Results in a Penalty to Driver’s Record (A.B. 47) 

  • Violating the hands- free law for “a second time within 36 months prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driver’s record,” according to the California Highway Patrol.


Real ID Deadline – Oct. 1, 2021

  • Getting a Real ID driver’s license or state ID card is optional, according to the California DMV. However, if you want to continue using your driver’s license or ID card to “board domestic flights within the U.S.” and “enter secure federal facilities,” it is recommended that you apply.
  • People must complete the online application and bring required documents before visiting a field office.




As these new vehicle and traffic laws come into full enactment in California, it is even more paramount to take precautions when consuming alcohol and operating a vehicle. Most importantly, when consuming alcohol, it is important to remember to take these precautions to ensure the safety of yourself and others.


San Diego DUI

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of a DUI, you should contact a DUI lawyer immediately. Above all, if you are in the San Diego area, contact Rick Mueller, California DUI Lawyers Association Designated Specialist, to ensure you get the best possible outcome for your specific situation.

New California 2021 Laws – Traffic/Car



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