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Interesting California Traffic Stories for July, 2018



Check out some of the interesting news stories and developments affecting California drivers from the past month.

New California traffic laws go into effect July 1 (KUSI News)

The state DMV is reminding drivers of three new laws going into effect this weekend on California’s roads. Ed Lenderman was live in Mira Mesa with the details.

The new laws will begin being enforced on Sunday, July 1, though may not directly apply to all of the state’s drivers. [Read more…]

How other states make slow drivers move right: Roadshow (The Mercury News)

“I just completed a 5,000-mile cross-country trek and was impressed with these signs in Oklahoma: “State law: do not impede left lane.” Then: “Slower traffic stay right.” Why can’t California do this? I found motorists mostly using the left lane for passing, then immediately returning to the right lane. No road boulders!” [Read more…]

Big Sur road coming back: Highway 1, closed for a year and a half because of massive slide, to reopen by July 20 (The San Diego Union Tribune)

Travelers soon will be able to do something they haven’t in a year and a half: drive the 650-plus miles of California’s Highway 1 between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Caltrans announced Tuesday that full access to the blocked area south of Gorda would reopen by 11 a.m. July 20. The new stretch of road could open to traffic a few days sooner, depending on when work is completed, according to Caltrans.

The Mud Creek Slide, which rained debris in one of the state’s largest landslides, destroyed a quarter-mile section of roadway on May 20, 2017. [Read more…]

New California laws in effect pertain to rideshare drivers, marijuana dispensaries (CBS 8)

As the calendar flipped to July at midnight Sunday, a number of new laws went into effect. Two big ones involve the packaging of pot products and cracking down on rideshare drivers who have a few drinks before transporting passengers…

With another new law, the state is also cracking down on drivers who carry passengers for a charge - like Uber or Lyft.

Starting Sunday, it's illegal for those drivers to drive with a blood alcohol level higher than .04. [Read more…]

Real IDs causes real headaches for California drivers (KCRA 3)

California is known for earthquakes, wildfires and long lines at the DMV.

On Tuesday, the Department of Motor Vehicles apologized for wait times that can last four and a half hours – or longer.

“We want to apologize that the lines and the wait times have been a little longer than usual,” DMV spokesperson Jaime Garza said.

The culprit, Garza said, is the new federal requirement for what’s called a Real ID. Without that Real ID, Californians will not be able to use their driver’s license to travel on an airplane after October 2020. [Read more…]

California Drivers May Get Copy Of Rights During A Traffic Stop (CBS 13)

Drivers in California may get a copy of their civil rights during a traffic stop, including how to file a complaint against a peace officer.

Assembly Bill 2918 already requires the California Department of Motor Vehicles to provide a Driver’s Handbook with information regarding rail safety, abandoning or dumping an animal on a highway, and respecting the right-of-way of others. If passed by the legislature, the Handbook would also need to include a driver’s rights if a peace officer pulls over a car. [Read more…]

DMV visit times can top five hours. Here are ways to avoid the worst hassles (Sacramento Bee)

Visit times at the Department of Motor Vehicles are topping five hours, and unwary motorists find themselves spending entire mornings or afternoons trapped in crowded field offices.

Liz Guillen, a legislative advocate, was among them last week. The earliest appointment she could get to replace a lost license was next month, so she dropped by the Broadway office Thursday instead at 8:30 a.m. — and didn't get out until 1:43 p.m.

"It's almost undignified," she said, sitting in the jammed room. "California is the fifth-largest economy in the world!" [Read more…]

Proving to the DMV that you can drive when you are 89 years old is not for the faint of heart (LA Times)

As my father walked out of the building with the man assigned to evaluate his driving skills, I let out a sigh and thought: Well, this is it. He either passes, and maintains his independence, or he doesn’t and we enter delicate and possibly unpleasant negotiations about how he fills his larder, sees his doctors and copes with a sense of betrayal by a universe that has generally been kind to him as he ages. [Read more…]

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