Every year new legislation takes effect that impacts citizens one way or another. This year in California a number of new laws took effect which will have a direct impact on drivers.

For starters, the state now allows drivers to use voice-operated, hands-free devices to talk or text behind the wheel. This is a change from when state law made talking or texting behind the wheel in any way completely illegal. The change is considered a comprise between those who wants some freedom behind the wheel and those who want safe driving at all times.

Drivers are now permitted to show proof of insurance using a portable digital device, such as a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Insurance companies are now providing a digital proof of insurance which their customers can access online. If they are stopped by police and required to provide proof of insurance an electronic, digital copy will now do nicely.

And finally, drivers who are stopped on suspicion of driving under the influence no longer have the option of providing a urine test instead of a blood alcohol content test. That means if you get pulled over on suspicion of DUI the police can take you to the local hospital and have blood drawn to see whether or not you are over the legal limit. Whether you like it or not. The law is intended to allow police officers to know for sure, one way or another, exactly how much alcohol you have in your blood stream, and do it immediately. The urine test was not see as accurate by police and by lobbying the state legislature they got the law changed in their favor.

If you are confused about these or any other new traffic laws, the state has set up a web site which provides more details. Know the law before you drive and always end up on the right side.