DRIV­ING REG­U­LA­TIONS

Travel Guide to California - - CALIFORNIA RESOURCES -

LI­CENSE/DOC­U­MEN­TA­TION: You must have a valid driver’s li­cense from a U.S. state or for­eign coun­try. Min­i­mum driv­ing age is 16. For more in­for­ma­tion about Cal­i­for­nia driver’s li­cense reg­u­la­tions, call 1-800-777-0133.

SEATBELT: By law, ev­ery­one in a ve­hi­cle must wear a seatbelt. Chil­dren un­der the age of eight (8) must be se­cured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat. In­fants should stay in rear­fac­ing seats un­til they weigh at least 20 pounds, can pull them­selves up to stand, or reach one year of age.

HEL­METS: Mo­tor­cy­cle hel­mets must be worn by all mo­tor­cy­cle rid­ers, as well as their pas­sen­gers. Bi­cy­cle rid­ers un­der the age of 18 must wear hel­mets.

SPEED LIM­ITS: These are posted in miles-per-hour (mph). Gen­er­ally, the speed limit on mul­ti­lane free­ways is 65 mph. On two-lane high­ways it is usu­ally 55 mph. The speed limit on city streets is usu­ally 25-35 mph. In res­i­den­tial ar­eas, near schools and in ar­eas with heavy foot traf­fic, the speed limit is al­most al­ways 25 mph.

CAR­POOL LANES: Ma­jor ur­ban ar­eas have car­pool lanes (or “di­a­mond lanes”) iden­ti­fied by small black-and-white signs and by di­a­monds painted on the road­way. To drive in a car­pool lane, you must usu­ally have two peo­ple (in­clud­ing the driver) in the car. Some car­pool lanes in the San Fran­cisco Bay Area re­quire three peo­ple (in­clud­ing the driver).

CELL PHONES: The Wire­less Com­mu­ni­ca­tions De­vice Law makes it an in­frac­tion to write, send or read text-based com­mu­ni­ca­tion on an elec­tronic wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tions de­vice, such as a cell phone, while driv­ing a mo­tor ve­hi­cle. Driv­ers must also use a hands-free de­vice when speak­ing on a cell phone.

AC­CI­DENTS: You must re­port ac­ci­dents to the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles if in­jury or death oc­curs, or if dam­age ex­ceeds $750.

DRINK­ING AND DRIV­ING: It is il­le­gal to drive un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol (blood al­co­hol con­cen­tra­tion of .08% or higher).

ROAD CON­DI­TIONS: The Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion main­tains a free 24-hour hot­line for in­for­ma­tion at 1-800-427-7623. In the San Fran­cisco Bay Area, dial 511 on your phone to get up-to-the-minute trans­porta­tion in­for­ma­tion.

OTHER: Round­abouts are un­com­mon in Cal­i­for­nia. Most in­ter­sec­tions are ei­ther signed by traf­fic lights or by stop signs. Un­less signed other­wise, it is le­gal to make a right turn on a red light after you come to a com­plete stop.

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