Senate BillNo. 404


Introduced by Senator De León

February 25, 2015


An act to amend Section 40800 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 404, as introduced, De León. Vehicles: traffic officers.

Existing law requires a traffic officer on duty for the exclusive or main purpose of enforcing specified provisions of the Vehicle Code relating to accidents and accident reports and rules of the road to wear a full distinctive uniform, and if the officer while on duty uses a motor vehicle, requires the vehicle to be painted a distinctive color specified by the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol.

This bill would delete the requirement that the motor vehicle be painted, but would continue to require the vehicle be a distinctive color.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 40800 of the Vehicle Code is amended
2to read:

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40800.  

(a) A traffic officer on duty for the exclusive or main
4purpose of enforcing the provisions of Division 10 (commencing
5with Section 20000) orbegin insert divisionend insert 11 (commencing with Section
621000) shall wear a full distinctive uniform, and if the officer while
7on duty uses a motor vehicle, itbegin delete mustend deletebegin insert shallend insert bebegin delete paintedend delete a distinctive
8color specified by the commissioner.

P2    1(b) This section does not apply to an officer assigned exclusively
2to the duty of investigating and securing evidence in reference to
3the theft of a vehiclebegin delete orend deletebegin insert,end insert failure of a person to stop in the event of
4an accidentbegin insert,end insert or violation of Section 23109 or 23109.1begin insert,end insert or in
5reference to a felony charge, or to an officer engaged in serving a
6warrant when the officer is not engaged in patrolling the highways
7for the purpose of enforcing the traffic laws.



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