The California Highway Patrol is alerting motorists to a number of new transportation-related laws or changes to existing laws that will take effect in the new year.
Most will become effective Wednesday. Among the new or amended laws are:
When maintaining a 3-foot distance is not possible, the motor vehicle must slow to a reasonable and prudent speed, and pass only when there is no danger to the bicyclist. Failure to do so can result in a fine, regardless of whether a collision occurs. This law will take effect Sept 16.
A criminal complaint will be filed within three years of the offense, or one year after the person was initially identified by law enforcement as a suspect, whichever comes later, but not more than six years after the offense.
This law has been in effect since Sept. 20.
If the modifications occurred during or after July 2015, these requirements apply immediately after July 1, 2015. All new limousines manufactured after Jan. 1, 2015, also must meet these requirements.