As residents in California prepare to ring in another new calendar year, many new laws are set to go into effect after the clock strikes midnight on New Year's Eve. Several of the state's new laws will impact drivers, passengers, motorcyclists and pedestrians throughout the state.
Residents in California have for a long time known that driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or greater is against the law. This is the threshold that has been recognized by all 50 states for many years now. The purpose of identifying a legal limit for drunk driving is ideally to prevent accidents, reduce injuries and save lives.
The last couple of weeks of the calendar year and the start of a new year are common times for California residents to hit the road to visit family or friends for holiday gatherings or adventurous outings. Whether driving in the heart of a busy Southern California freeway, on a snowy mountain road or along a rural highway, it is important to take steps to stay safe while behind the wheel.
While driving in traffic can be frustrating and time-consuming, it is an inherent part of your commute each day in California. Your efforts to plan and be prepared for periods of waiting in bumper-to-bumper traffic can help you to be more patient and stay safer.
If you regularly enjoy a walk in Los Angeles, you know that crossing the street as a pedestrian can be a dangerous prospect. In 2017, Los Angeles saw 134 pedestrian fatalities, an increase of 80% since 2015, during which 74 pedestrians were killed.
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, most residents in California find themselves fully immersed in the holiday season. From putting up decorations to buying and wrapping gifts to attending holiday functions, there is no shortage of special activities that happen at this time of year. Unfortunately, the increase in special events may put Californians at a greater risk of being involved in an accident caused by a drunk driver.