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4B Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2010 LAW, from page 3B Sunday, Dec. 27 Free Snow Removal, or Rearrangement at Least: In Portola, a caller reported her neighbors were out of town and there was someone spin- ning donuts and possibly stuck in the snow. Monday, Dee. 28 Free Parts: In Quincy, some- one reported the theft of a tail- gate from a pickup parked at the summit. Juvenile: In Quincy, a caller reported a 14-year-old assault- ed him with a bicycle. CHP REPORT Deer in the Road, Dec. 24 Craig Danton, 50, of Reno, Nev., was driving southbound on US 395 in a 2007 Hyundai Sonora at approximately 65 mph, south of Red Rock Road. CHP determined two deer entered the roadway and Danton could not avoid hitting them. Both deer were killed and the car heavily damaged, but no injuries werereported. Lost Control, Dec. 28 Keith Myers, 23, of San Juan Capistrano was traveling northbound on US 395 at approximately 55 mph in a 1999 Toyota 4 Runner just north of the stateline. The roadway was covered in snow and as Myers observed the chain control sign, he decided to slow down and put his vehicle into four-wheel Subscribe, call: 283-0800 257-5321 284-7800 258-3115 832-4646 drive. In doing so, he applied the brakes too sharply and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle skidded off the right side of the roadway and overturned on the right shoul- der. There were no injuries. Grace Hewitt, 59, of Iodi was driving her 2005 Toyota Corolla northbound on SR-89 approaching the town of Clio at approximately 25 mph. At the time there was approxi- mately 2-3 inches of snow with an under layer of ice on the road. According to CHP, Hewitt could not safely negotiate a sweeping left hand turn. As Hewitt exited the turn, she lost control and ran off the roadway and through a fence, causing moderate damage to the vehicle and the fence. Hewitt was uninjured. Loss of Traction, Dec. 29 Gehrig Kemp, 34, of Greenville was driving east- bound on SR-70 ascending Blairsden Grade in a 2006 Ford F350. According to the CHP, the tires did not have suffi- cient tread depth to qualify as snow tires. CHP reported Gehrig hit a patch of loose snow that caused his rear tires to lose traction on the snow-covered roadway. The vehicle spun in a counter,clockwise rotation, skidded across the westbound lane and over the north embankment. The vehicle rolled over and came to rest on its wheels up against a tree. Gehrig was taken to Eastern Plumas District Hospital for minor injuries. Teri Flach, 61, of San Rafael was traveling eastbound on SR-70 at approximately 35 mph in a 2003 Lexus when her right side tires came into contact with loose, slushy snow on the roadway and threw her vehi- cle out of control. The left side tires then hit another patch of loose snow and the vehicle spun out of control in a counter-clock- wise rotation. The vehicle slid down the embankment on the north side of the road and tipped onto its right side. No injuries were reported. The helpful place. blEED A NEW GARAGE OR CARPORT! Con be assembled as a workbench. Steel Shelvln 72"H X 34"I/V X 14"D. 5.shelves, Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter New traffic ,laws go into effect January not only rings in a new year, but also new laws for 2010. The California Highway Patrol reminds drivers to be familiar with these new traf- fic laws passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor. These are just a few of the news laws that take effect in either January or July 2010. "The new laws are designed to make our roadways a safe place for motorists," said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. "Familiarize yourself with these laws and make 2010 a safe year for you and your loved ones." Below are synopses of a few of the significant changes for the upcoming year. Ignition Interlock Devices (AB 91, Feuer) Effective July 1, 2010, this new law establishes a pilot program in the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare from July 1, 2010 to Jan. 1, 2016, The pilot program will require, as a condition of reissuing a restricted driver's license, being issued a dri- ver's license, or having the privilege to operate a motor vehicle reinstated, subse- quent to a conviction of any DUI offense, installation of an IID in any vehicle, not including a motorcycle, owned or operated by the offender. The new law also establish- es installation requirements and requires the installer of the IID to notify the Department of Motor Vehicles when the IID has been tampered with, bypassed or attempted to be removed. The length of time the IID installation would be required in the person's vehicle is based upon the number of DUI convictions and whether the offense was a misde- meanor DUI or a felony DUI. Driving Under the Department of Motor Vehicles to advise second- and third-time misdemeanor DUI offenders of the following options: obtain a restricted driver's license that would allow driving after serving a 90-day suspension period for a second conviction of misde- meanor DUI, or a six-month suspension period for a third conviction of misdemeanor DUI if the violation only involves alcohol. The offender must enroll in a DUI program and the offender must install and maintain an IID in his vehi- cle. Move Over/Slow Down (SB 159, Simitian) The new law removes the Jan. 1, 2010, sunset date on Sections 21809 VC and 25253 VC. Section 21809. VC requires a person driving a vehicle on a freeway and approaching in a lane immediately adjacent to a stationary, authorized emer- gency vehicle that displays emergency lights, or a station- ary tow truck that displays flashing amber warning lights, to safely make a lane change from that lane, or slow to a reasonable speed. Section 25253 VC requires tow trucks used to tow dis- abled vehicles to be equipped with flashing amber warning lamps and authorizes tow trucks to display flashing amber warning lamps while providing service to a dis- abled vehicle. However, the section pro- hibits tow trucks from display- ing flashing amber warning lamps on a freeway except when an unusual traffic haz- ard or extreme hazard exists. Department of Transportation Vehicles (SB 240 Wright) Currently, Move Over, Slow Down Law requires a person who is driving a vehicle on a freeway and approaching in a lane immediately adjacent to a stationary, authorized emer- gency vehicle that displays Influence (SB 598, Huff) emergency lights, or a station- Effectige July 1, 2010, he :firy: "tbv::itruck that .(lisplays new law requires the flashing amber warning PELONIS Ceramic Heater ,-- 8Z5 (1,000/1,500 watt), fan only, AdjUStable thermostat. 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Crimes Against Highway Workers (AB 561, Carter) This new law amends sec- tion 2415 and 243.65 of the penal code to expand the defi- nition of a highway worker to include employees of a city or county who perform specified activities related to local streets and roads. In addition the law includes in the definition of a highway worker, employees of a con- tractor while working under contract with Caltrans, con- tractors and employees of contractors while working under contract with a city or county and volunteers. Personal Liability Immunity (AB 83, Feuer) Effective Aug. 6, 2009, the new law provides that a Good Samaritan who renders med- ical or non-medical care at the scene of an emergency would not be liable for any civil damages. Charter Party Carriers (AB 636, Jones) This new law requires the Public Utilities Commission to permanently revoke a char- ter party carrier's authority to operate or permanently bar it from receiving a permit or certificate; a CPC that oper- ates a bus without having been issued the proper permit from the commission; oper- ates a bus with a suspended permit from the commission; has committed three or more liability insurance violations within a two-year period for which it has been cited; oper- ates a bus with a permit that was suspended by the com- mission during a period that the CPC's liability insurance has lapsed; has one or more buses improperly registered with the DMV; or knowingly employs a bus driver who does not have a current and valid driver's license of the proper class, a passenger vehicle endorsement or the proper certificate to drive a bus. The commission would not be allowed to issue a new per- mit or certificate to operate as a CPC if any officer, director or owner of the CPC was an officer, director or owner of a CPC that has its authority to operate as a CPC Permanent- ly revoked or was permanent- ly barred from receiving a permit or certificate from the commission. The bill would also require a person who drives a bus for a CPC without a current dri- ver's license of the proper class, a passenger vehicle endorsement, or the required certificate to have his privi- lege to operate any type of bus with passengers suspend- ed for five years. AB 636 would provide provi- sions to allow a CPC to request a hearing from the commission upon receipt of a notice or refusal or revoca- tion of a permit to operate as a CPC. In addition, AB 636 would allow CHP officers to impound a bus of a CPC for 30 days under specified conditions. Toll Evasion Violations (AB 628, Block) This new law permits vehic- ular crossings and toll high- ways operating in California to use a pay-by-plate toll sys- tem where motorists are iden- tified by their vehicle license plates and billed or the toll is deducted from the Automatic Vehicle Identification account. The law also provides that it is evidence of a violation for a person to enter a vehicu- lar crossing or toll highway without at least one of the fol- lowing: Money in an amount to pay the prescribed tolls and transponder or other elec- tronic toll payment device associated with a valid AVI account or :a,vaHd vehicle license plate proprly affixed to the vehicle in accordance with current law. Bicycles (SB 527, Kehoe) This new law allows a per- son to ride a bicycle without a seat if the bicycle was designed by the manufacturer to be ridden without a seat. These points are only a syn- opsis of the new laws listed here, and only a partial list of new laws for 2010. For com- plete information on chap- tered bills, enacted in 20Q9, refer to the Legislative Counsel website at Caltrans highlights new 'move over' law Caltrans reminds drivers about a new law signed by the governor that requires motorists to move over or slow down when they see a Caltrans vehicle flashing warning lights. Beginning Jan. 1, 2010, Senate Bill 240 (State Senator Roderick Wright), adds Caltrans vehicles displaying flashing amber warning lights to the list of vehicles for which motorists must slow down and, if safe, move over to a lane not immediately adja- cent to the stationary vehicle. When driving a vehicle on a freeway and approaching in a lane immediately adjacent to a stationary, authorized emer- gency vehicle that displays emergency lights, or a station- ary Caltrans vehicle or tow truck that displays flashing amber warning lights, drivers must safely make a lane change from that lane, or slow to a reasonable speed. Since 1924, 174 Caltrans workers have lost their lives in the line of duty. Violation of the new provi- sion is punishable by a fine of not more than $50. The new law also makes these safety protections permanent by removing the sunset date (Jan. 1, 2010) from the existing move over law. Call us today: BEATTY CONSTRUCTION SINCE 1984 General Building Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035