Traffic

California Laws 2016 – Dismissal of traffic tickets (CA Penal Code 1170(h))

The California state legislature enacted 807 new laws during the 2015 legislative session.

Want to get out of a traffic ticket? Well, the legislature added a new way this year. In the past, any citation or misdemeanor traffic offenses committed by a person sentenced to state prison could no longer be prosecuted.

Now, that restriction also applies to anyone sentenced to a county jail pursuant to CA Penal Code section 1170(h), which provides for so-called “realignment” county jail sentences.

So, if you have a citation or misdemeanor traffic offense pending and you get sentenced to county jail under section 1170, subdivision (h), as an alternative to being sent to prison, will be relieved of prosecution for those traffic offenses.

Felony traffic offenses are not affected by the change in the law and can still be prosecuted, even for individuals sentenced to prison or county jail under the realignment statute.

California Laws 2016 – Biking to music with ear buds (Vehicle Code 27400)

The California state legislature enacted 807 new laws during the 2015 legislative session.

California law previously prohibited wearing any headset that covered both ears while driving a vehicle or riding on a bicycle.  This year,  law CA Vehicle Code Section 27400 was amended to, essentially, ban ear buds while driving or riding a bicycle.

With certain exceptions (such as persons operating authorized emergency vehicles and individuals wearing hearing aids), the law now provides:

 “A person operating a motor vehicle or bicycle may not wear a headset covering, earplugs in, or earphones covering, resting on, or inserted in, both ears.”