There is much that San Jose car accident lawyers would like to change in California's existing traffic safety laws. For instance, teen safety laws could be more stringent, and there could also be more efforts to prohibit drowsy driving or driving while fatigued on our roads. However, the fact is that the state still remains at the forefront of good traffic and driving safety laws and practices, and recently, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety confirmed this by giving California a “green” rating.
Every year, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety releases its Safe Roads report, which specifically rates states based on their implementation of 15 essential safety laws that have been determined by the group. These laws include motorcycle helmet laws, teen driver safety laws, child restraint use, drunk driving laws and distracted driving laws.
According to Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, the 15 laws are important to save lives and prevent injuries in accidents. States were specifically rated in the study, depending on whether they have adopted a specific law or not, and not based on the number of accidents every year.
As with years in the past, California has been granted a “green” for good rating this year as well. This rating is given to those states that have been successful in adopting at least 11 out of the 15 laws, including primary seatbelt enforcement laws for all passengers, or 9 traffic safety laws including primary seatbelt enforcement laws for all passengers and all-rider motorcycle helmet laws.
According to the report, California has enacted nine of those laws. The missing laws that could have boosted the state's performance better on the report is the establishment of a minimum age of 16 for a person to gain a learner’s permit. According to the report, the state could also do much better in setting better nighttime driving restrictions and passenger registrations for teenage drivers, as well as implementing cell phone restrictions for all drivers.