Certain traffic laws are so simple that they are easily forgotten and broken by drivers. However, the utter simplicity of some traffic laws does not warrant motorists not to take them seriously.
Accordingly, drivers who think that simple traffic rules do not provide them any benefit and curtails their right to drive based on their preference should think again. Rules are implemented for various reasons, and drivers’ safety is on the top list.
Los Angeles accident attorneys point out that some California drivers need to be reminded of their obligations while on the road for them to practice safety and responsibility. According to California Driver Handbook 2009, the following are simple don’ts for drivers so that they can avoid causing and getting involved in accidents:
– Do not dump or abandon animals on a highway. This crime is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000.00, six months in jail, or both.
– Do not operate a cell phone without the use of a hands-free device.
– Do not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless communications device to write, send, or read text-based communications.
– Do not wear a headset over or earplugs in, both your ears.
– Do not drive a vehicle so loaded, either with property or people, that you cannot control it, see ahead, or to the sides of your vehicle.
– Do not carry anything in or on a passenger vehicle which extends beyond the fenders on the left side or more than six inches beyond the fenders on the right side. Cargo extending more than four feet from the back of the vehicle must display a 12-inch red or fluorescent orange square flag or two red lights at night.
– Do not allow anyone to ride on any part of your vehicle not intended for passengers.
– Do not allow anyone to ride in the trunk of your vehicle. Convictions will result in penalties for both the driver and the person(s) riding in the trunk.
– Do not allow a person to ride in the back of a pickup or other truck unless the vehicle is equipped with seats and the person uses both the seat and a safety belt.
– Do not wear eyeglasses with temples wide enough to keep you from seeing clearly to the sides.
– Do not drive a vehicle equipped with a video monitor, especially if the monitor is visible to the driver and displays anything other than vehicle information or global mapping displays.