PHOTO - CHP PIO Juan Quintero at the Arrowhead Area Headquarters at Running
NEW LAW HIGHLIGHTS Affecting Public Safety
Electronically Motorized Boards, too!
2015, Sacramento, California ____ As part of its mission to save lives, the
California Highway Patrol (CHP) seeks to inform people about several new laws signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.
during the 2015 legislative session.
Roadway Safety New Laws:
“Child Safety Seats”
(AB 53, Garcia) Beginning January 1, 2017, children under two years of age must
ride rear-facing in an appropriate child passenger safety seat. Children
weighing 40 or more pounds or standing 40 or more inches tall would be exempt.
California law continues to require that all children eight years of age or
younger be properly restrained in an appropriate child safety seat in the back
seat of the vehicle.
(AB 8, Gatto) A Yellow Alert notification system will
be established as of January 1, 2016, for specified hit-and-run incidents
resulting in death or serious injury. As with AMBER, Silver, or Blue Alerts,
the California Highway Patrol will work with requesting law enforcement
agencies to determine whether the “Hit-and-Run” meets the criteria for a Yellow Alert, including the use of the freeway Changeable
Message Signs (CMS). Criteria established in the law include the availability
of information about the hit-and-run suspect or the suspect’s vehicle, and
whether disseminating the information will be helpful.
“Driving Under the
Interlock Device (SB 61, Hill) This new law grants a one-year extension to
a pilot project for the Ignition Interlock Device (IID) in Alameda, Los
Angeles, Sacramento, and Tulare counties. The pilot was first instituted in
2010. Under the current law, a person convicted of driving under the influence
(DUI) may be required to install an IID in their vehicle. If the IID registers
alcohol on the driver’s breath, the vehicle will not start. The length of time
the IID is required in the vehicle is based on how many prior DUI convictions
the driver has consumed.
Alerts (AB 643, Nazarian) The “Silver Alert” notification system has been amended
to allow the alert to be communicated on CMS when there is a vehicle involved
in the missing person incident. The Silver Alert is an emergency system that
allows law enforcement to broadcast regional or statewide alerts for seniors,
or individuals with developmental disabilities or who are cognitively impaired,
and are missing and may be in danger
lane use (AB 208, Bigelow) The law requiring “Slow-moving” passenger vehicles to
pull over safely to let traffic pass has been amended to apply to all vehicles,
effective January 1, 2016. Bicycles will now be included in the legal
requirement that slow-moving vehicles use the next available turnout or other
area to let backed-up traffic – five or more vehicles – get by.
motorized boards (AB 604, Olsen) The new law defines “Electronically Motorized Board” as a
wheeled device designed to be stood on and powered by electronic propulsion,
going no more than 15 miles per hour. The electronically motorized boards can
only be ridden on a highway with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less, or
specific designated bikeways. The rider must be at least 16 years old and must
wear a bicycle helmet. Cities and counties are authorized to restrict the use
of the electrically motorized boards.
Electric bicycles (AB 1096, Chiu) The new
law, effective January 1, 2016, creates three separate classes of electric
bicycles, defined by their maximum speed and how much power is supplied by the
1 and 2 have a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour. A Class 3 electric bicycle
has a maximum speed of 28 miles per hour. The operator of a Class 3 bicycle
must be at least 16 years old and wear a helmet. Manufacturers and distributors
must label the bicycles with the classification number, top assisted speed, and
wattage. The new law sets up safety restrictions and regulates access on trails
For complete information
on bills enacted in 2015, please refer to the Legislative Counsel Web site at