New Laws Take Effect In California This New Year

by Staff Blogger | January 2nd, 2012

January 2, 2012

California state law has undergone several changes that took effect with the ringing in of the New Year. The Sacramento Bee reported earlier today that the state’s tougher penalties on drinking and driving infractions and new standards for child safety seats while riding in motor vehicles began being enforced by police and troopers statewide yesterday.

Repeat Driving-Under-the-Influence (DUI) offenders will now face a possible decade-long ban of driving privileges under the new legislation. Now, judges will be able to sentence those who have been convicted of drunk driving three times or more in the past 10 years to a license revocation that will last a decade as well.

A state representative backed the law after hearing the story of two California highway patrol troopers who arrested a man for driving under the influence. The troopers discovered the man had been convicted of the crime eight times prior, but had always managed to get his license back.

Another important change to state law that took effect yesterday is in regards to child safety seats. Now, all children eight-years-old or younger must be in an approved child-restraining safety seat. For the past year, the safety seat law has been for all children six-years-old or younger, or 60 pounds or less. The only exception to the new rules of all children under eight is if they are 4’9” or taller.

The California auto accident attorneys with Berg Injury Lawyers ask that motorists keep it safe on the highway by following all state guidelines, both new and old.