New Laws Ban Texting, Windshield-blocking Navis, More

By Editors on December 31, 2008 12:21 PM

New traffic regulations and the new year often go hand-in-hand. While driving laws vary across the country, here are some of the notable changes that will go into effect in 2009:

Joining California in banning writing, sending or reading text messages while driving are several counties in New York and Monroe County in Indiana.

Arizona residents must make sure that their license-plate frames don't block the word "Arizona" or registration stickers on their license plates.

In California, those who affix navigation devices to their windshields must place them on only the extreme lower left or lower right portion of the glass.

Oklahoma has included tow trucks and wreckers in its requirement that drivers change lanes away from emergency vehicles parked on road shoulders.

In Ohio, children under nine years old or under four-feet, nine-inches tall must now ride in booster seats.

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