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Old 05-14-2013, 07:20 PM
 
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Hi, I'm moving to the united states (california) soon and I was wondering where I can get a list of rules and laws for the state so that I know what to do and not to do. For example, I've been told that it's against the law to ride in a car without a seat belt, or to cross the street at the wrong spot. Does anyone know where I can get a complete list so I know the laws?
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:44 PM
 
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The laws (Codes) fill large bookcases full of volumes. When you arrive get the drivers manual from the Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV). That will be a good start. As for the rest, use common sense and courtesy and you'll be fine.
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:50 PM
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Maybe this will get you started California Driver Handbook - Master Table of Contents
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:32 PM
 
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Knock yourself out.

CALIFORNIA CIVIL CODE

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:32 PM
 
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er uhm thanks that's kinda a lot to read though LOL. I'm just trying to figure out like general laws. you say use common sense and courtesy and you'll be fine and that's great but I'm looking for something more practical.

I read for example that you can't smoke anywhere near a beach. I'm on a budget here so I not want to go around breaking laws to be fined all my money that I need to support myself. lol

Is there a more realistic list I can read instead of something that's 200,000 pages?
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:38 PM
 
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1) When you are on a freeway (motorway) the left lane is considered the fast/passing lane. If you are in it and a car is right behind you, move lanes to avoid the driver from getting road rage and putting you and others in danger. It's common courtesy pretty much throughout the US.

2) You can text or make phone calls while driving.

3) Everyone in your vehicle must wear their seat belts.

4) You can make a right turn at a red light, IF you first come to a complete stop and there is no sign that says "NO TURN ON RED".

5) You must use your signals when changing lanes or turning.

6) If you get pulled over by a cop, be honest and straightforward. I have been given warnings because I was honest at first sight.

Ummm... I'm sure you could google, basic driving rules in California or something along those lines and receive a lot of information.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:41 PM
 
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Is there a more realistic list I can read instead of something that's 200,000 pages?
Well you're going to need to pass a test at the DMV to get a license so that basic driving stuff will be in there.

For the rest, its just too broad of a subject. Things like not smoking will usually be posted so pay attention to signs.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:43 PM
 
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Are there any travel books in your country that might provide some information?

Can't smoke near a beach? I've never heard of that. Most beaches don't have any police who would even see you smoking. However, it's good to keep in mind that Calif. is in a drought, so the slightest mistake--throwing out a smoldering cigarette or a match that hasn't been put out properly could start a disastrous fire that could destroy nature and people's homes. If you ever go camping, make sure you do so only in official camping places, watch the news to see if there have been park closures due to fire danger, and put out your fire with plenty of water, and make sure it's completely extinguished.

Common sense is very helpful.

If you're driving in the countryside and you notice there are 5 cars behind you, trailing along behind you, you're required to pull over to the side and let them pass.
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Old 05-14-2013, 10:49 PM
 
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2) You can text or make phone calls while driving..
True, but ONLY if you have a device that can be VOX operated only and does not have to be held in your hands !
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:32 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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I read for example that you can't smoke anywhere near a beach.
Some beaches are nonsmoking. This is not a statewide thing. I just expended two seconds of my spare time and came up with a list of beaches in CA that prohibit tobacco smoking. They're all in Southern California.
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