Spring break road rules

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PHOENIX -- Spring break is around the corner, which means a road trip for many Arizonans. Before you head out, study the traffic laws in the area you are headed so you are not caught off guard. A lot of police officers won't accept ignorance as an excuse for breaking their road rules.

 
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 pickup truck is not permitted.

*Seat Belts: Seat belts are required for drivers and all passengers. In addition, this is a primary enforcement law, meaning drivers can be pulled over for not wearing a safety belt.


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 under the age of 8 shall be properly restrained in a car seat or booster seat. 

*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 up to age 16 must be in a proper restraint system, regardless of position in the vehicle.


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.

*Pickup 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.


New Mexico:  
*Hand-held Cell Phone Ban: Albuquerque and Santa Fe prohibits drivers from using hand-held cellular phones.

*Child Passenger Restraints: All children under the age of 12 must be properly secured in a child passenger restraint device or properly fitting seat belt.  

*Pickup 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 or using mapping direction on an electronic communications device.

*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. 

*Pickup 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:        
*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.


Arizona:  
*Text Messaging Ban: City of Phoenix has a ban on texting while driving.

*Child Passenger Restraints: All children under the age of 5 are to be restrained in a child passenger restraint system.   

*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. 

*Pickup Truck Bed: Riding in the cargo area of a pickup truck is permitted.

*Seat Belts: Seat belts are required for driver and front seat passengers. Children under 16 are required to be in seat belts in all seats.
 

Source: AAA