New Driving Laws and Regulations in 2014

2014 comes with many new dreams, hopes and resolutions alike.  People around the world make resolutions to eat better, get in shape, cultivate relationships or travel more.  If you are one of the many hoping to travel more this year, it is imperative that you brush up on the many new laws and regulations that went into effect on January 1, 2014. Below are some of these new regulations and laws you may or may not know about. We hope this will provide you will all the information you need, but just in case you still have questions, check out the DMV Regulations by state.

Car Seat Recommendation Changes

Car Seat Regulations

In 2014, a new car seat recommendation states that if the combined weight of a child and car seat is over 65 lbs., you should no longer use the LATCH system. Instead, the recommendation suggests for you to use the seat belt restraint versus the LATCH system. In February, labels that identify car-seat weight limits will go into effect all across the country. The new labels will show that 65 lbs. is the maximum combined weight of a child and car seat. You can view specific child safety laws by state here and you can visit the El Paso Police Department for car seat inspection in the El Paso, TX area.

Bicycle safety

Bicycle Regulations

On September 16, 2014, California will require drivers to stay at least three feet away when passing bicyclists. When three feet is not possible, the driver must slow down to a reasonable speed and only pass when no danger is possible.

2014 Law Changes for Teen Drivers

Teenage Driver Laws

Updates to California’s distracted driving law will prohibit anyone under the age of 18 from using electronic wireless communication devices to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving, This includes a hands-free device, as it is not an exception. It also includes hands-free calling, use of wireless headsets, and all voice-activated commands. Furthermore, Vermont is enforcing a ban on cell phone use while driving through work zones.

Useful Resources

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) offers a very extensive list of any Laws & Regulations that can help you find the answer to any questions that you may have.

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