New Rules for California Roads in 2014

By NBC Bay Area Staff
|  Wednesday, Dec 25, 2013  |  Updated 6:10 PM PDT
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The California Highway Patrol beefed up holiday enforcement around the Christmas holiday. They are also giving drivers a heads up about a number of new traffic laws that will go into effect in 2014.

One of those laws prevents any teen under the age of 18 from using a cell phone while driving, even with a hands-free device.

“Obviously, the focus should be on driving a vehicle and not being distracted,” said CHP’s Adrian Quintero.

Another new law starting Jan. 1 expands California’s Amber Alert system to include child abduction by a parent with custody.

And, in September, a law involving drivers and bicyclists goes into effect. The CHP says drivers must allow 3 feet when passing a cyclist to comply with that law.

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