New laws which may reduce car crashes effecting Encino, Van Nuys, Reseda, Los Angeles, and all of California went into effect on January 1. Some of those laws relate to use of your cell phone while driving, and child car seats.
The most significant change is that drivers are no longer allowed to use handheld cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. While talking on a handheld cellphone has long been prohibited, the new law basically prohibits a driving from touching the phone. A cell phone may still be used if it is truly hands free and operated by voice command. In addition, the phone can be used for navigation purposes if it is mounted on the dashboard and operated by a single touch. The purpose of the change is to further reduce car accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Keeping kids safe in car accidents is also being stressed in new California driving laws. Studies show that kids are five times safer when rear facing. The new law requires children to remain in rear facing seats until they are at least 2 years old or more than 40 pounds or 40 inches. NHTSA recommends that children remain rear facing until they out grow the seat.