“Daylight,” a new law California drivers should know to avoid a ticket next year

California drivers will need to double-check where they park this year as a new law on the books creates a no-parking buffer zone around marked and unmarked crosswalks.

Drivers are typically not permitted to park their vehicles in the middle of an intersection, on a crosswalk, in front of marked sidewalks, in a way that blocks access to fire hydrants or too close to a fire station entrance, among other prohibited parking spaces.

Drivers will now need to consider areas around footpaths as no-parking zones, due to a law that came into force at the start of the year. Over the next 12 months, drivers will receive a warning if they violate the rule, but citations will start rolling in on Jan. 1, according to state officials.

Drivers will need to get into the habit of leaving a 20-foot space between their car and any marked or unmarked crosswalks. General Assembly Bill No. 413 Not specified What constitutes an unmarked crosswalk and whether that applies to a curb or curb ramp.

Some form of the rule has been implemented in cities such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, Alameda, California, and Portland, Oregon, according to the bill’s authors. Other jurisdictions may have their own variations and exceptions to the rule in California. The new law applies to all jurisdictions that have not addressed this parking issue.

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The bill’s author, Assemblyman Alex Lee (D-San Jose), said the concept of leaving a clear line of sight for all modes of transportation is called “daylighting” and is intended to prevent a car from blocking the view of motorists approaching a crosswalk.

“Daylighting is a proven way we can make our streets safer for everyone, and 43 other states have already implemented some version of daylighting,” Lee said in a statement. The statement that accompanied the introduction of the draft law last year. “By making it easier for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to see each other at intersections, we can take a simple, important step to help us all share the road safely.”

California’s pedestrian fatality rate is approximately 25% higher than the national average, according to The latest data from the California Office of Traffic Safety. Pedestrian deaths rose from 1,013 in 2020 to 1,108 in 2021 in California, while bicycle deaths decreased from 136 to 125.

In Los Angeles, 134 pedestrians were killed by drivers from January to October last year and 427 people were seriously injured. According to city officials. The numbers represent a 13% increase in the number of pedestrians killed compared to the previous year and an 18% increase in serious injuries, according to Los Angeles officials.

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