Spring break road travelers: Know before you go - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Communitylife

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Spring break road travelers: Know before you go

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, March 12, 2010 12:00 am

With spring break finally upon us, many families and students have plans for a much-needed getaway. A large majority of these vacationers will be traveling by car for all or at least part of their trip. Amid the last-minute preparations, however, many people neglect to add one more item to their list: Familiarizing themselves with traffic laws in the states they will be traveling to and through.

To ensure that travelers return home with souvenirs and not citations, below are a few traffic laws Arizonans should know before they hit the road. This list includes laws from states that regularly make AAA Arizona’s top Trip Tik destinations.

 

California

• Hand-held cell phone ban: Only hands-free cell phones are allowed. Teen drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone, even with hands-free devices.

• Text messaging ban: Drivers are prohibited from texting or e-mailing when driving.

• Child passenger restraints: All children under the age of 6 and under 60 pounds are to be restrained in a child passenger restraint system in the rear seat.

• Move over: Drivers are required to slow down and vacate the lane closest to a stationary emergency response vehicle flashing emergency lights, if safe to do so. This also includes tow trucks and Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) vehicles.

• Pick-up truck bed: Riding in the cargo area of a pick-up truck is not permitted.

• Seat belts: Seat belts are required for drivers and all passengers.

 

Colorado

• Hand-held cell phone ban: Teen drivers under the age of 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone, even with hands-free devices.

• Text messaging ban: Drivers are prohibited from texting when driving.

• Child passenger restraints: All children 5 and under 55 inches shall be properly restrained in a child restraint system.

• Move over: Drivers must reduce speed and, if safe to do so, vacate the lane closest to stationary emergency vehicles and tow vehicles.

• Seat belts: Seat belts are required for drivers and front seat passengers. Children ages 6 until 16 and at least 55 inches must wear seat belts.

 

Nevada

• Child passenger restraints: All children under the age of 6 and under 60 pounds are to be restrained in a child passenger restraint system in the rear seat.

• Move over: Drivers must reduce speed and, if safe to do so, vacate the lane closest to stationary emergency vehicle and tow vehicles.

• Pick-up truck bed: Riding in the cargo area is not permitted for children under the age of 18.

• Seat belts: Seat belts are required for drivers and all passengers.

 

Texas

• Text messaging ban: Austin prohibits drivers from text messaging.

• Child passenger restraints: Children under 8 and less than 57 inches must be secured in a child passenger safety seat system in accordance with the manufacturer’s instruction.

• Pick-up truck bed: Riding in the cargo area is not permitted for children under the age of 18.

• Move over: Vacate the lane next to a stationary emergency vehicle or slow down to a speed not to exceed 20 mph less than the posted speed limit.

• Seat belts: Seat belts are required for drivers and all passengers.

 

Sonora, Mexico (Rocky Point)

• Proceedings in Mexico: You are assumed guilty until proven innocent. This means that if you are arrested for any reason, you may be jailed until you can prove your innocence.

• Auto insurance: U.S. auto insurance is not valid in Mexico. If a collision occurs, a Mexico auto policy is the only form of insurance the authorities will accept as evidence of financial responsibility. If you cannot provide Mexico auto insurance, you could be arrested and sent to jail.

• Speed limits: Speed limits are posted in kilometers rather than miles per hour.

Motorists interested in purchasing Mexico auto insurance can do so at any AAA branch office or by visiting http://www.aaaaz.com/insurance/mexico.htm.

 

Linda Gorman is the public affairs director for AAA Arizona. Reach her at (602) 650-2716 or lgorman@arizona.aaa.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

I can Explain Why Donald Trump Will Lose the Election Using Only Two Words

There is no way – mathematically – that Donald Trump can ever receive enough votes to win the presidency. Scores of articles have been written…

Published: June 27, 2016 - 3:32 am @ http://samuel-warde.com/2016/06/explain-donald-tru…

Three people rescued from stuck roller coaster in Phoenix

Fire crews rescued three people stuck on a roller coaster Sunday afternoon at Castles N’ Coasters in Phoenix. The Desert Storm coaster was stu…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:42 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1142897/castles-in-coasters-…

Drones being used by Phoenix Fire Department

The Phoenix Fire Department has some new sets of eyes in the sky which could help first responders save more lives. Drones are the newest tool…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:31 pm @ http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/1654…

Technology transforms used-vehicle retailing

Will consumers buy used vehicles sight unseen from people they don't know? They will if the deal goes through a third party they trust, and if…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:12 pm @ http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/RETAIL04/…

Phoenix Things to do: 11 events to check out this week around the Valley (June 27

PHOENIX - Another hot weekend in Arizona over! If you're planning ahead, its a holiday weekend. Technically, the Fourth of July is a week away…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:00 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/entertainment/events/phoenix-…

New wildfire: Racetrack Fire burning northeast of Tucson

TUCSON, AZ - A new wildfire has ignited in the mountains northeast of Tucson. Officials he fire started near Redington Road in the Catalina mo…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 10:02 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-…

WATCH: Are the Arizona Cardinals on the verge of replacing the Dallas Cowboys as America's Team?

"All or Nothing," an eight-part documentary series that details the Arizona Cardinals' 2015 season both on and off the field, will debut on Am…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 10:00 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/wat…

Pope says Church should ask gay community for forgiveness for past treatment

Driving in Canada Canada - a home away from home Canada, it's time to change! Living with a disability in Indo-Canadian society The empire str…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 9:32 pm @ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Po…

The 8 most popular jobs in the marijuana industry

Topics: AlterNet, Arizona, Maine, marijuana, marijuana edibles, Nevada, Pot, Business News, Life News This article originally appeared on Alte…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 9:28 pm @ http://www.salon.com/2016/06/24/the_8_most_popular…

Wearable Tech Catapulting Health and Fitness into the Future

Do you think your smartwatch, with its heart rate monitor, step counter, calorie tracker and message notifications, is impressive? You ain’t s…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:58 pm @ http://www.corespirit.com/wearable-technology-cata…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…