NEW DRIVING LAWS COMING WITH THE NEW YEAR

NEW DRIVING LAWS COMING WITH THE NEW YEAR

With every new year, comes new traffic and vehicle laws.  Here are some of the new ones for 2014. The statute of limitations for hit-and-run collisions in which death or permanent, serious injury was a result has been extended. A criminal complaint may be filed within three years of the offense, or one year after the person was initially identified by law enforcement as a suspect in the commission of the offense, which ever comes later, but in no case more than six years after the offense. An amendment to current law authorizes the issuance of a search warrant to draw blood from a person in a reasonable, medically approved manner, to show that the person violated misdemeanor DUI provisions when that person has refused an officer’s request to submit to, or has failed to complete, a blood test.  This law has been operative since September 20, 2013. Another new law prohibits a person who is under 18 years of age from using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication while driving, even if it is equipped with a hands-free device.

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