New California road laws for 2017

If you drive in Pomona, CA, there are some new traffic laws that you’re going to want to be aware of. Fortunately, none of them have a major impact on insurance law, so you don’t need to call your people at THINK Insurance & Financial Services to get a new policy just yet. Here’s what you need to know:

The GPS Defense

For a time, it was possible to contest a ticket for using your phone while driving by claiming that you were actually using your GPS. The new law is going into effect on the argument that you don’t actually need to hold the phone to use GPS. The safest way to do GPS now is hands-free, mounting it on the dashboard and checking directions at stoplights or listening to audio directions. And you’re only allowed to use one finger at a time when using your phone for GPS.

Your Phone Cannot Obstruct Your Windshield

Speaking of phone mounts, make sure that yours does not obstruct your windshield.

Bikers Splitting Lanes

You often see bikers going in-between lanes in order to get ahead of slow traffic. The legality of this has always been questionable with few states having clear laws on the matter, leaving it up to the discretion of the officer and the judge, really. California is the first state to officially declare this legal, but with certain provisions for what counts as safe lane-splitting. For instance, a biker is not allowed to go 50-60 mph when traffic is at a standstill.

Child Seats

Any child under two absolutely must ride in a rear-facing child seat, unless they’re more than forty inches tall, and weigh over forty pounds.

Driving in Pomona, CA presents some dangers, but stay up on the laws and THINK Insurance & Financial Services will take care of the rest.