Bill to Inform Drivers of Their Rights During Police Stops Passes Senate Committee

Assembly Bill 2918 passes

Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill, Assembly Bill 2918, requiring 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, passed in the Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing. The new information provided in the Driver’s Handbook will be determined by a group of stakeholders convened by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

“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 directs the stakeholder group to provide information that addresses the extent and limitations of a peace officer’s authority during a traffic stop and the rights of drivers and passengers. This information will be developed by the DOJ and DMV after consulting with stakeholders in public safety and civil justice.

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“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.