NEW CALIFORNIA TRAFFIC LAWS 2023
Speeding and Reckless Driving: Vehicular Manslaughter
Senate Bill 1472: This bill expands on what constitutes gross negligence regarding vehicular manslaughter. Those who participate in illegal activities, such as racing, sideshows, or speeding over 100 miles per hour, which result in a fatality, could now be charged with gross negligence or vehicular manslaughter.
Illegal Drag Racing and Exhibitions of Speed
Assembly Bill 2000: This bill expands the definition of an existing crime. It is already illegal to race, speed, or participate in sideshow activities on California’s highways. However, this bill also makes it a crime for drivers to engage in these activities in parking lots and off-street parking structures
Catalytic Converters Thefts
Senate Bill 1087 and Assembly Bill 1740: These companion bills are intended to help decrease catalytic converter theft. The law prevents recycling centers from buying catalytic converters from individuals who are not the owner of the vehicle from which the part was removed. California ranked first for the most catalytic converters stolen in 2022. Recyclers are required to keep specified information regarding the purchase and sale of the catalytic converters.