California lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force people to prove they were victims of a crime before they can be issued a license plate.
The bill, introduced on Tuesday by Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, would require license plate readers in cars that have a criminal background check to tell if the owner was a victim of a violent crime, or if they are a habitual offender.
The proposal would also allow the owner of a vehicle with a criminal record to prove that they were not a victim or a habitual criminal and would require that the plate number be attached to every car sold.
It’s the second time this year that the California Senate has moved to ban plate readers from California’s roads, after the state Senate passed a bill that would require all drivers to have the option of having their plate number displayed on their vehicle.
The California Highway Patrol says that since plate readers have been installed on nearly 100,000 vehicles in California, they have helped to prevent a record of crime from being generated.
In the last five years, the state has seen a sharp decline in violent crime in the state, the agency said.