Fatal Police Chase Near Turlock Leaves 2 Dead and 3 Injured


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Two people were killed and three others were injured in a crash that occurred during a police chase near Turlock in Stanislaus County, California. The chase began around 9:00 p.m. when Ceres Police officers stopped a Ford Fusion car at an intersection. Four men between the ages of 18 and 24 were in the vehicle and attempted to escape, leading to the chase. The Fusion vehicle collided with a Ford Mustang at an intersection, resulting in the deaths of two 20-year-old individuals from Modesto. Two other individuals, ages 24 and 18, were taken to the hospital in serious condition, and the driver of the Mustang, a 17-year-old teenager, also suffered serious injuries.

Starting January 1, 2024, new traffic laws will go into effect in all counties in California. These new laws include the use of video cameras to cite drivers who exceed the speed limits, sanctions against drivers who park on bicycle lanes, parking regulations near pedestrian crossings, and tougher punishments for the theft of catalytic converters. The new laws aim to improve road safety and reduce traffic violations.

The use of video cameras to cite drivers who exceed the speed limits will be implemented in several cities in California. This system is similar to the one already used against drivers who run red lights. Additionally, drivers who park on lanes exclusively for the use of bicycles or cycle lanes may face sanctions through the use of cameras.

Starting in 2024, drivers who park within 20 feet of crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked, or 15 feet from crosswalks with the sidewalk extended, may be ticketed. This regulation aims to improve pedestrian safety and reduce collisions by ensuring that pedestrians have a clear view of traffic.

The new law also protects drivers with expired license plate tags from being stopped by a police officer. For example, a driver with an expired license plate from January can only be stopped starting in March, as long as two months have not passed since it expired.

The new law AB 436 establishes a prohibition on cities in California from banning cars known as cruisers or lowriders. This law also eliminates the prohibition on cars being modified so that the suspension is at a lower level. Additionally, the new law AB 641 toughens the penalties for people who are accused of stealing catalytic converters in California.

The theft of catalytic converters is a serious problem in California, and the new law AB 1519 prohibits deleting a vehicle identification number that has been printed on a catalytic converter. It also prohibits anyone from being in possession of 3 or more catalytic converters that have already been altered. These new laws aim to prevent theft and protect vehicle owners.

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