Bicyclists in California are allowed to travel straight from a right or left-turn lane, thanks to a bill that was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 4. AB 1266 was aimed at helping bicyclists stay safer at busy intersections by allowing them to proceed straight without the need to change lanes.
Though recent years have seen fewer opioid prescriptions being written, there seems to be evidence of an increase in opioid-related car crashes. In 1993, 2% of all crash initiators in California and across the U.S. were found with opioids in their systems, but in 2016, that percentage had risen to 7.1%.
California residents likely know how dangerous it can be to drive around commercial trucks. On the opposite coast, Florida Highway Patrol has said in a preliminary report that a fatal chain-reaction crash on I-75 near Gainesville may have been caused by a semi-truck driver.
According to Caltrans, the X-Lite guardrail end treatment system will no longer be used on California highways. An investigation carried out by a local NBC station found that they were struck in at least nine accidents that resulted in fatalities. The state sent a letter to the manufacturer of the product saying that it would be switching to another product that met Manual for Assessing Safety Hardware standards.
On May 19, a California man was killed in a car crash while out celebrating his first wedding anniversary with his wife. The accident occurred near Yountville.
Authorities have blamed a six-vehicle pile up on Lakeville Highway in Petaluma on a Chevrolet Silverado driven by an unidentified 19-year-old. The Silverado was westbound during the busy early morning rush hour when it crossed double yellow center lines into oncoming traffic. It collided first with a Prius and killed the driver, a 66-year-old woman who taught at the University of California, Davis. She was a marine biologist with a worldwide reputation. Her colleagues at the Bodega Bay laboratory and in Indonesia where she regularly studied coral reefs mourned her sudden death.
Since the early '90s, April 20 has been a self-proclaimed holiday for many marijuana users in California and the rest of the U.S. Though recreational marijuana is legal in this state, many are not aware that the drug can impair driving skills. This is true elsewhere: a 2016 survey, for example, showed that half of pot smokers in Colorado thought it was safe to drive while being high.