Assemblymember Holden’s Driver’s Rights Legislation Signed Into Law

Governor Jerry Brown signed Assemblymember Chris Holden’s legislation, Assembly Bill 2918, that requires the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to include information in the California Driver’s Handbook regarding a person’s civil rights during a traffic stop

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“The Driver’s Handbook includes suggestions on how to conduct one’s self during a stop, but stops short of stating the rights of the driver,” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “Being informed of these rights are critical in situations that can quickly go from calm to worse.”

The bill requires the civil rights section of the Department of Justice to provide new information in the Driver’s Handbook that addresses a person’s civil rights during a traffic stop. The DMV will work with the civil rights section of the Department of Justice, California Highway Patrol, California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) and civil rights organizations to develop this new section of information for the California Driver’s Handbook.

“Studies show that people of color in California are most affected by traffic stops. Safety is paramount and staying informed of the driver’s rights can help alleviate stress and avoid escalations caused by being on edge,” said Holden.

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