New laws or changes to existing laws that go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019 meant to make California roads safer

Several new laws or changes go into effect come the New Year and they’re designed to make California roads safer.

Here’s a look at the new laws or changes that will be made to existing ones:

Helmet restrictions
If you’re under 18 and not wearing a helmet on a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or skates then you might get a fix-it ticket. That citation can be fixed within 120 days of receiving it if the minor shows the law enforcement agency that they’ve completed a bicycle safety course and have a helmet that meets safety standards.

But anyone age 18 or over is no longer required to wear a bicycle helmet on motorized scooters.

Temporary license plates
Licensed California dealers of new and used vehicles must attach temporary license plates to a vehicle once it’s sold if the vehicle doesn’t have any previous DMV-issued plates. The temporary plates have a unique number and expiration date, and vehicles cannot be driving off a dealership lot without the temporary plates.

Gender identity
Anyone applying for a California driver’s license or ID card may identity as male, female or nonbinary in the application. Applicants who choose nonbinary will see an X next to the gender category on the card.

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