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Drivers, light bulbs and smoking bans part of new laws in 2014

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The start of the New Year is almost here and as 2014 begins so do new laws.

On January 1, new rules of the road go into effect. Licensed drivers who are under the age of 18 will not be allowed to activate their cell phone even if they have a handsfree device. Also, any driver must leave three feet between them and a bicyclist when passing a cyclist on the street and low emission cars can continue to use the HOV lanes until 2019.

California is already implementing the federal law that goes into effect on January 1 that will ban the production of 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs.

"I believe that saving energy is good. It's a good cause and has a good meaning behind it," said Coronado resident Pierce Barone.

The phaseout is part of the 2007 energy efficient law signed by former President George W. Bush.

"In my opinion I don't know to what extent someone should dictate what type of light bulb someone should use," said Barone.

California replaced 40 and 60 watt incandescent with more energy efficient bulbs nearly a year ago.

Meanwhile, a local law that starts on January 1 affects smokers in Coronado. Smoking will be prohibited on city property.

"I don't think it impacts business so bad. I think it's good for the community," said Nicky Rotten's restaurant and bar owner. "I think a lot of businesses are that way I just don't think they will speak up about it.

Coronado joins three other cities who ban smoking in San Diego County: Solana Beach, Del Mar and El Cajon.

The law bans smoking in all areas less than 25 feet from a doorway, window, crack or vent of a building where smoking is prohibited and all areas that are public property including alleys and streets.

The city allows exceptions to the smoking law in outdoor areas where there dining area is mainly on private property including Coronado Yacht Club and the Hotel Del Coronado. You can also smoke in your home and your car.

If a smoker is caught lighting up they could be written a $100 fine.

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