SENATE BILL 1510:
Allowing vehicles with broken headlights/taillights/brake lights and limiting searches
UPDATE: MEASURE PASSED
Background: SB 1510 would prohibit law enforcement officers from pulling over or otherwise citing a vehicle due to a broken headlight, taillight, or brake light (Section 6 of the bill). This will allow potentially dangerous vehicles to remain on the road, endangering other drivers as well as pedestrians.
SB 1510 also impacts how officers are allowed to conduct searches when a person is not in custody (Section 1). Currently, a person can consent to a search in the course of a normal conversation with an officer. Under this bill, officers are required to inform the person of their rights to refuse the search. Although many law enforcement officers do this currently as a matter of practice, the statutory requirement creates a hurdle that could lead to less drugs and weapons taken off the street.
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