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New vehicle laws in effect

Staff reports

Vehicle laws protecting children, passengers and pedestrians are among the measures passed during the 2000 legislative session that became effective Jan.1, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

New laws include:

– SB 2185 requires ice cream trucks selling products in residential areas to be equipped with large signs visible from 100 feet incorporating the words “Warning” and “Children Crossing.” Ice cream trucks are prohibited from stopping to sell products on blind curves or on streets where the speed limit is more than 25 mph.

The legislation was prompted by several deaths and injuries to children who darted out in traffic to approach an ice cream truck.

– SB 567 increases penalties for drivers who fail to restrain child passengers in child safety seats. A violation now adds a point to a person’s driving record and the fine increases from $100 to $250 for a second or subsequent offense.

Another portion of the bill, the so-called booster seat provision, will become effective Jan. 1, 2002. It requires that children less than six years old and 60 pounds be properly secured in a child passenger restraint system.

– AB 602 and AB 2086 increases safety for farm laborers riding to work in farm labor vehicles.

The legislation bans carrying passengers in the back of pickup trucks with camper shells unless the area is fitted with approved safety belts. The bill exempts vehicles owned by a farmer or rancher carrying passengers in the back of a pickup truck with a camper shell on the farmer’s lands.

All cutting tools carried in the passenger compartment of a farm labor vehicle must be stored in securely latched compartments that are attached to the vehicle.

— AB 2522 protects pedestrians by banning a motorist from unnecessarily blocking a crosswalk.

It also prohibits removal of an existing marked crosswalk unless the public is notified and a hearing is held 30 days prior to the removal.


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