RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Several new traffic laws went into effect Friday, Jan. 1 that Inland Empire residents need to heed, including safe space for emergency vehicles and rescuing children from hot cars, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Assembly Bill 2285, which Gov. Gavin Newsom signed into law in September, establishes potential fines for motorists who do not slow down and, whenever possible, change lanes when encountering a Caltrans vehicle, tow truck or any emergency vehicle with lights flashing on a highway.
Previously, penalties were only imposed when violators failed to take precautions and make safe space for fire and law enforcement vehicles. The new law clarifies that Caltrans equipment and tow trucks conducting operations on a highway be given the same courtesy.