California

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of California. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 18.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1992.

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

5 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

70 and over: mail or online renewal through Dec. 31, 2022

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Decriminalized and legal for medical and recreational use

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

70

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

55

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.15

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

4 months

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Limited driving privileges during suspension

After 30 days

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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for all repeat and injury-involved offenses, first-time injury or vehicular manslaughter offenses.

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

No

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Child Restraint Required

Under 2 yrs and under 40 pounds or 40” in rear-facing car seat, following manufacturer instructions and in a back seat

Under 8 yrs and under 57" tall in child safety seat or booster seat in the back seat, following manufacturer instructions 

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

Under 16 yrs properly restrained, including a seat belt

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

17 years

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15 / 6

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50 (10)

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

11 p.m. - 5 a.m. (secondary enforcement)

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

First 12 months: no passengers under 20 (secondary enforcement) unless accompanied by parent, guardian or other adult 25 years or older

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In What Seat?

All

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

16 and over

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Hand-Held Ban?

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

Yes. Primary law.

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

Drivers under 18. Secondary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

None

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

n/a

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Statewide

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States Step Up Efforts to Protect People Walking Amid Surge in Unsafe Driving During Pandemic

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States Step Up Efforts to Protect People Walking Amid Surge in Unsafe Driving During Pandemic

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