A new state law passed this week aims to improve the safety of people on Interstate 66, the interstate highway system connecting the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The bill, SB 66, would allow people to be ticketed for reckless driving if they drive within 500 feet of another person or a vehicle, or hit another vehicle.
The law also would allow police to issue tickets to motorists who hit pedestrians or bicyclists with vehicles.
But the bill’s passage is also a major win for the trucking industry, which has been fighting for years to get the law passed, arguing that the current system is too lenient.
Drivers could face fines as high as $300 and up to two years in jail.
Driving through the area where the crash occurred could be a violation of the new law, said Jim Lacey, a spokesman for the American Trucking Associations, a trade group for the industry.