Traffic Laws that Need to Be Enforced: Large SUVs are illegal on residential streets.
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There are a variety of driving laws that were written, passed, and need to be enforced as per the State Constitution. As such, all Hummer H2s, Ford Excursions, Lincoln Navigators and other large SUVs are illegal to drive on the streets of most communities who limit the amount a vehicle can weigh to use such roads to 6000 pounds. In addition, those vehicles and others that weigh over 6000 pounds are illegal to drive on the Pasadena Freeway, according to Cal Trans. That’s right; no large SUV can use the Pasadena Freeway legally. And we are talking about the Gross vehicle weight rating which means that almost all large SUVs are not allowed on residential streets pretty much everywhere.
Too Heavy for Residential Streets
Get these top heavy, polluting, parking lot hogs out of residential areas and into the commercial zones where they belong. It also makes you wonder why these rapidly depreciating SUVs shouldn’t be considered trucks due to their weight and size and have their freeway speeds reduced. This would make it safer for all concerned.
Driving with fog or driving lights on is against the law except during inclement weather. The police need to stop and ticket those drivers as per the law. A vehicle may be equipped with not more than two fog lamps mounted on the front which may be used in addition to the headlights only when there is fog, rain, snow, smoke, or dust, reduce the daytime or nighttime visibility of other vehicles to less than 500 feet. It is not legal to drive with driving lights or fog lights on at any other time. Driving with more than your headlights on is against the law and shows disrespect for others who may be blinded by these lights
When two auxiliary lights are installed, one shall be mounted at the left side and one at the right side at the same level and as close as practical to the sides. When one lamp is installed, it shall be mounted as close as practical to the left side or on the center of the vehicle.
You must have your headlights on when you have your windshield wipers on. That is the law and it is a good one. Using a vehicle’s headlights increases visibility during inclement weather. Low beam headlamps shall be used when following another vehicle within 300 feet. In addition, you must turn on your headlights no later then 30 minutes after sunset and keep them on until 30 minutes after sunrise.
A license plate must be on the front and back of every vehicle. Period. And you can’t cover the license plate with a devise intended to obstruct or impede the reading of the plate.
A driver may not stop in a crosswalk for a red light. On one-lane roads the vehicle going downhill must yield to the vehicle going uphill while the ascending vehicle is on a grade. U-turns are prohibited in a business district except at intersections or through openings in a divided roadway. Turn signals are required 100 feet turning. Vehicles shall be stopped or parked, where permitted, with the right-hand wheels within 18 inches of the right-hand curb. The operator of a private motor vehicle is responsible for the use of seat belts or child’s seats for all passengers. You cannot smoke while driving with anyone under the age of 17 in the vehicle. It is not legal to display, install, or attach anything to a windshield or rear windows except for the 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield or rear window or a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest the driver. It is against the law to use a cell phone that does not have hands free operation. It is also dangerous to use cell phones at any time as they distract and are a leading cause of accidents. Those under 18 cannot use cell phones regardless.
It is illegal to drive too slowly and block traffic or create a road hazard.
At night all bicycles must have a front and rear light as well as reflectors on the pedals or on the riders shoes or ankles.
Finally, in California if you see a gasoline powered vehicle that is smoking you can report it to the South Coast Air Quality Control Board and the owner will receive a notice of the incident by calling 1-800-CUT-SMOG. This is a very valuable tool, as sometimes the owner may not know the vehicle needs repair.
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