Put Down That Cellphone!
Drivers are no longer permitted to hold a cellphone or electronic wireless communications device while driving a motor vehicle. The device must be mounted in the 7-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver or in a 5-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver.
Another option is to affix the device to the dashboard in a place that does not obstruct the driver’s clear view of the road and does not interfere with the deployment of an airbag. The law does allow a driver to operate one of these devices with the motion of a single swipe or tap of the finger, but not while holding it.
An Uber driver recently recommended this one to my husband.
Car Seat Update
Children younger than two must sit in rear facing car seats. The law will not apply to children who weigh more than 40 pounds or are 40 inches or taller.
New Driving Under The Influence Rules
Those convicted of driving under the influence must install a device in their cars that would ensure they are sober before they can start the ignition.
Drivers for companies like Uber and Lyft can’t have a blood alcohol content of 0.04% or more.
Ripped From SVU
Prison time will be mandatory for those convicted of assault in which the victim was unconscious or not capable of giving consent because of intoxication.
Synthetic Drug “Spice”
A ban is in place on possession of a synthetic drug called “spice.” The first offense would be an infraction; the second or third offense would be a misdemeanor.
Cyberbullying Is Grounds For Expulsion
Public schools can now expel students for bullying through video or sexting. State education officials will be required to publish information on sexual cyberbullying online and encourage schools to teach students about sexting.
New Regulation For Semi-Automatic Rifles
People will no longer be able to buy semi-automatic rifles that have a bullet button allowing removal of the ammunition magazine. Those that have such weapons will have to register them with the state.
No e-Cigs Within 250′ Of Youth Sports
Smoking or use of electronic cigarettes within 250 feet of any Little League baseball game or other youth sports event is now illegal.
Want to save an animal trapped in a hot car? As long as you call authorities first, you won’t be held legally liable for breaking into the car.
Would You Like Wine With That Haircut?
Beauty salons and barbershops can now offer patrons a free beer or glass of wine.
For complete information on bills enacted in 2016, please refer to the Legislative Counsel website.