New California Laws in 2014
Each year the State of California rolls out new laws. Some begin on January 1st and others take effect later in the year. Here is a list of new laws we thought our clients might find interesting.
Bicyclists Get More Rights (and Protection)
Beginning on September 16, 2014, drivers of vehicles must give bicyclists a 3 foot clearing when passing. If this clearance isn’t possible, then motorist must slow down and pass only when there is enough room and safe to do so. The failure of a driver to do this may result in a fine for the driver. There does not need to be an accident, collision, or injury.
Texting While Driving
Drivers of motor vehicles who are under the age of 18 may not use voice recognition software to write, send, or read a text while operating the vehicle. We’re not sure if this law is an improvement because when using voice commands, a driver does not need to take his or her eyes off the road (such as when using the new Google Glass technology). In any case, we wanted to bring this new law to your attention.
Hit and Run Drivers
The new law extends the statute limitations for hit and run offenses to 6 years from the date of the collision that causes death or injury.
Minimum Wage Increased
On July 1, 2014 the minimum wage in California will be $9.00 per hour. Eventually the hourly minimum wage will increase to $10.00 in California. By 2016, California’s minimum wage will be one of the highest in the nation.
No Smoking on UC Universities
Starting January 1, 2014, no smoking is allowed on any of the 10 campuses. This includes the new e-cigarettes and related tobacco products.
If you have any questions about these new laws, please feel free to contact us. We’ve been helping our clients get through their legal problems since 1986. The chances are good that we can help you too.
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