SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman Scott Wilk's, R-Santa Clarita, Identity Confirmation Act to require motorists to provide law enforcement with an unobstructed view of his or her full face for examination along with their license passed unanimously out of the Assembly Transportation Committee.
This bill addresses a large safety concern, and gives law enforcement the necessary tools to successfully uphold the law.
“Law enforcement officers risk their lives every day to keep our streets safe and it is important we do the same for them,” Wilk said.
The idea for the bill was brought forth by Chris Coulter, Past President of the Simi Valley Police Officers Association.
“Recently in Simi Valley, an instance occurred during a traffic stop regarding a motorcyclist refusing to remove his helmet. This prevented law enforcement from successfully confirming that the photo on the driver's license was indeed the motorcyclist,” Coulter stated.
A license by itself only provides evidence of the licensee's identity; it does not establish that the driver and the licensee are the same person.
Assembly Bill 346 would close this loophole and include that a motorist must provide law enforcement with an unobstructed view, or his or her full face, for examination along with their license.