With the New Year in full swing, several states including California, Oregon and Wisconsin are enacting new traffic laws and enforcement efforts to help combat risky driving behaviour.
California: Illegal sled racing and street racing
The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has recognized a series of new traffic safety laws to punish actions that threaten public safety, KHTS/hometownstation.com reports.
Such a new law is designed to prevent illegal flaunting of speed during “sidewalks” and street racing. The report states that in 2020 alone, CHP answered more than 25,000 calls regarding illegal street racing. Under the new law there will be stricter penalties – violators could have their driver’s license suspended for up to six months.
Oregon: Shared Responsibility for Speed Limits
As KTVZ reports, the Oregon Department of Transportation says its new 2022 series of laws will increase fairness in Oregon’s transportation system, improve safety, strengthen local controls and reduce gas emissions. Greenhouse.
Reducing speed limits, combined with road design changes and increased enforcement, is one of the goals to improve Oregon road safety. To that end, a new law includes more local control over setting speed limits. This law would allow some local, city and county governments to set speeds on their roads, resulting in faster decelerations and increased safety on the local road network.
Wisconsin: Strengthens ‘Move Through’ Law, Limits Distracted Driving
According to a report from WBAY.com/Action 2 News, Wisconsin motorists now face tougher penalties for distracted driving, traffic violations and speeding around emergency vehicles. and first responders.
In 2020, there were 632 convictions for violating the Move Over law. To address this, Proposition 297, defines an “emergency response area or roadside” as a portion of the roadway within 500 feet of an authorized ambulance or towed vehicle. flashing red light.
The new law also creates a new crime and penalty for traffic violations that result in bodily harm when the offense occurs in a road construction zone, utility work area or emergency response area. grant. Finally, the law doubles the existing fines for certain violations in any of those designated areas.
In addition, Wisconsin is cracking down on “rubber players” who use cell phones when they witness road crashes – a very dangerous driving behavior, WEAU.com reports. . Specifically, the new law prohibits motorists from using cell phones near the crash site – making it illegal for drivers to use their handsets within 500 feet of a crash.
Drivers trying to capture the wreckage on their cell phones when they are involved in an accident only make the scene worse. The report notes that as more traffic approaches, another collision becomes more likely.