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Driving Under the Influence
  • Law extends the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) pilot project to July 1, 2017 for, Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties.
  • The IID pilot project requires a person convicted of a DUI to install an IID for five months upon a first offense, 12 months for a second offense, 24 months for a third offense and 36 months for a fourth or subsequent offense.
Traffic Amnesty
  • Law amends the criteria for a person to be eligible for the traffic citation amnesty program.
  • A person is eligible for the traffic amnesty program if he or she has not made any payments after Sept. 30, 2015, to a collection program for fines or bail already due.
Earbuds or Headsets
  • Law makes it unlawful to wear a headset covering, earplugs in, or earphones covering, resting on, or inserted in, both ears, while operating a motor vehicle or a bicycle.
  • This prohibition does not apply to persons operating authorized emergency vehicles, construction equipment and refuse or waste equipment while wearing a headset or safety earplugs.
Pedal-Powered Vehicles
  • Law expands the definition of pedicab to include a four-wheeled device that is pedal-powered, has a seating capacity for eight or more passengers, cannot travel in excess of 15 miles per hour and is being used for transporting passengers for hire.
  • Law establishes rules and standards for pedicabs that allow passengers to consume alcohol on board, if authorized by local ordinance or resolution
Consumer Protection - Starter Interrupt Warning
  • Law requires a "buy-here-pay-here" dealer to make certain disclosures and notices to a vehicle buyer when a vehicle is sold with tracking and starter interrupt technology installed.
  • Law requires advance warning be given to the purchaser prior to engagement of the starter interrupt technology, if the buyer fails to make timely vehicle payments.
  • A "buy-here-pay-here" dealer is defined as a used car dealer that assigns less than 90 percent of their conditional sales and lease contracts to third party lenders; and therefore provide direct financing to car buyers.
Electrically Motorized Skateboards
  • Law defines "electrically motorized board," and restricts their operation on public facilities, requires boards to be equipped with safety equipment, and authorizes cities and counties to regulate their use.
  • Law makes it a crime to operate an electrically motorized board while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. In addition, the law limits the board's operation to individuals 16 years or older, requires operators to wear a bicycle helmet, wear safety equipment to increase visibility at night and limits their operation to roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less.
  • A conviction for violating this law is punishable by a fine of up $250.
Electric Bicycles
  • Law adds an entirely new definition and classification system of an electric bicycle to the California Vehicle Code.
  • An electric bicycle is defined as a bicycle with fully operable pedals and an electric motor of less than 750 watts.
  • Electric bicycle riders will be able to use roads similar to other bicycle riders.
California New Motor Voter Program
  • Law creates an automatic voter registration process for qualified individuals who apply for a driver license or identification card, or submit a change of address to the DMV.
California Residency Requirement
  • Law will require an applicant for an original driver license or identification card to provide proof of California state residency, starting July 1, 2016.
 
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