By: Evan Symon | California Globe
SACRAMENTO (2UG) – A bill to limit law enforcement officers from issuing tickets for “low-level violations”, such as expired plates or having a light out, was narrowly passed in the Senate on Wednesday.
Senate Bill 50, authored by Senator Steven Bradford (D-Gardena), would prohibit a law enforcement officer from stopping or detaining the operator of a motor vehicle or bicycle for a low-level infraction unless a separate, independent basis for a stop exists. The bill would authorize a law enforcement officer who does not have grounds to stop a vehicle or bicycle, but can determine the identity of the owner, to send a citation or warning letter to the owner.
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