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New traffic laws for the new year

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With a new year comes new laws, and in California there will some new rules on the road.

One of the biggest changes involves how drivers will be able to operate their cellphone while driving.

TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

Add using traffic apps or updating your Instagram account to the list of things you cannot do while driving. AB1785 by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, updates California's existing ban on texting while driving to make it clear that state law prohibits the use of any hand-held device in a way that distracts from driving - not just while texting. Motorists can still use devices that are mounted or voice-operated and hands-free.

CHILD SAFETY SEATS

Children younger than 2 must be in rear-facing child restraint systems unless they weigh 40 or more pounds or are 40 or more inches tall under AB53 by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, D-Bell Gardens.

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