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Welcome to California! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in California. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
Each occurrence stays on your record for 36 months or longer, depending on the type of conviction.
The department may suspend and place on probation, or revoke, the driving privilege of a negligent operator. Per Vehicle Code section 12810.5a, a Class C negligent operator has:
A minor, under 18 years of age, may receive a 30-day restriction for 2 points in 12 months, or be suspended for 3 points in 12 months (12814.6 VC).
Financial responsibility (commonly known as insurance) is required on all vehicles operated or parked on California roadways. You must carry evidence of financial responsibility in your vehicle at all times and it must be provided as specified below when:
Types of Financial Responsibility:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 300 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
You are permitted to momentarily flash your headlights or honk your horn to indicate that you are preparing to overtake and pass the vehicle ahead of you.
DWI Offense with Great Bodily Injury, where there have been 4 or more previous DWI offenses within 10 years, carries an additional consecutive sentence of 3 years in the State prison.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Numerous specified violations when workers are present are subject to two times the original fine.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted in the following circumstances:
Hazard light use is required in the following circumstance:
Disregarding any traffic signal or direction given by a peace officer authorized to escort a procession and in uniform is prohibited.
A 3-foot minimum passing distance is required.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.
When you see any of these vehicles displaying flashing lights while stopped on or adjacent to the roadway:
You must do the following:
Provide the following information to any other person involved in the accident, or to any police officer at the scene of the crash: