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New 2018 driving laws in California

It is critical to remain up-to-date on new laws in your state. Pleading ignorance will not get you very far if law enforcement pulls you over. The State of California Department of Motor Vehicles published a list of these new laws, and it would be prudent to review all of them to ensure you remain in compliance.

The goal of all these laws is to reduce the number of negligence drivers should display on the road. These laws will help prevent motor vehicle accidents for many years to come. 

DUI - Passenger for hire

The rise of ridesharing apps, such as Uber and Lyft, has required lawmakers to assess how we should treat these drivers. As of Jan. 1, 2018, drivers working for an app cannot have a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.04 percent while a passenger is inside the vehicle. 

For most drivers, the legal BAC is 0.08 percent, which means a driver with a BAC of 0.04 percent may not receive a DUI if pulled over by police. However, certain demographics have different BAC requirements. One example is commercial truck drivers who cannot have a BAC more than 0.04 percent. Drivers for Uber and Lyft are now held to the same standard. 

Cannabis use in vehicles

A new law went into effect in California that forbids drivers from ingesting or smoking marijuana while behind the wheel. Anyone found in violation of this law will receive negligent operator points on their records. The DMV handbook and website will also alter the information available on the effects of marijuana on a driver's body. 

Buses and seat belts

Most of the time, buses do not come with seat belts. However, in the event a bus does come with seat belts, passengers now need to use those seat belts while the vehicle is in motion. Buses carrying children between the ages of eight and 16 need to come with seat belts or else the operator of the bus will receive a fine. 

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