With 2021 now upon us, here are three new laws affecting motorists worth knowing about:
Unattended children in motor vehicles: Exempts a person from civil or criminal liability for trespassing or damaging a vehicle when rescuing a child who is 6 years old or younger in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or other dangerous circumstances. [Effective Jan. 1, 2021]
“Move Over, Slow Down” amendments: The “Move Over, Slow Down” law has been expanded to apply to local streets and roads. Drivers approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying emergency lights, including tow trucks and Caltrans vehicles, must move to another lane when possible, or slow to a reasonable speed on all highways, not just freeways. [Effective Jan. 1, 2021]
Points for distracted driving: Beginning July 1, violating the hands-free law for a second time within 36 months of a prior conviction for the same offense will result in a point being added to a driving record.
Image courtesy Franklin Library Kindness Rocks Project
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 18, and it’s the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. It’s often promoted as a day ‘on’ instead of a day off to encourage volunteerism and acts of kindness.
Embrace the spirit of the day by doing something uplifting in your community – rake leaves for a neighbor, make a donation to a food bank, or leave a painted kindness rock or chalk art message during your Winter Walk Challenge outing. Doing good will make you feel great!
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