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Spring Break is right around the corner, which means Valley residents will be driving out-of-state for vacation.

Triple-A of Arizona is advising road travelers to know the rules of the road, especially when driving to neighboring states where the traffic laws are different.

"Be aware and conscious that traffic laws in other states do differ from Arizona's laws and it's really important to read up on those and refresh to avoid getting a violation on your spring break vacation," said Stephanie Dembrowski, Public Affairs Specialist for Triple-A of Arizona.

Below is a table of laws in popular spring break destinations for Arizonans:

California

 
Cell phones
  • • It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving, unless in hands-free mode.
  • • Drivers younger than 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone, even with a hands-free device.
  • • Enforcement is primary, meaning drivers can be stopped for this without any other traffic offense taking place.
Text messaging
  • • All drivers are prohibited from writing, sending or reading text-based communication while driving. Enforcement is primary.
Child passenger safety
  • • Children younger than 8 or shorter than 57 inches must be restrained in a child passenger restraint system in the rear seat.
Move over law
  • • Drivers are required to slow down and vacate the lane closest to a stationary emergency vehicle flashing emergency lights, if safe to do so, including tow trucks and Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) vehicles.
Seat belts
  • • Seat belts are required for drivers and all passengers (ages 16 and older). Enforcement is primary.

Nevada

 
Cell phones
  • • Cell phone use while driving is prohibited unless it is being used in hands-free mode. Enforcement is primary.
Text messaging
  • • All drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. Enforcement is primary.
Child passenger safety
  • • Children younger than 6 who weigh less than 60 lbs. must be secured in a child passenger restraint system in the rear seat.
Move over law
  • • 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 the driver and all passengers. Enforcement is secondary.

Sonora, Mexico

 
Speed limits
  • • Speed limits are posted in kilometers an hour rather than miles per hour.
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. A Mexican auto policy is the only form of insurance the authorities will accept as evidence of financial responsibility. Drivers who cannot provide this proof may be subject to arrest. Mexican auto insurance can be purchased online at LINK

Martha Maurer, News Editor

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