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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Some Fun Facts About Automobiles in California

12 Jan Blog | Comments

Just before the turn of the twentieth century, a new mode of transportation was seen and heard for the first time in California.  It made an enormous racket and spewed smoke.  It thrilled the youngsters of the day and frightened the animals. Some referred to it as the horseless carriage while others called it an automobile. The automobile would later become a beloved possession—the entire world knows how Californians love their cars.

Californians also knew the importance of policing motorists and protecting others by enacting laws that came to be known as the rules of the road.  The California Department of Motor Vehicles was founded in 1905.

The first vehicle to be registered under state law was in 1902.  It was a White Steamer owned by John D. Spreckels of San Francisco, one of only 117 motor vehicles in use in the city of San Francisco on that date.  By 1905, registered vehicles in California totaled 17,015.

Today there are 31,916,865 vehicles registered in California.  There are also more than 23 Million licensed drivers in the state of California.

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