Today's Law As Amended

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AB-3135 Traffic safety: state funding.(2017-2018)



SECTION 1.
 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) Since 2010, California’s population has increased 8 percent, while registered vehicles and licensed drivers in the state have increased over 11 percent. Meanwhile, the number of approved officer positions in the Department of the California Highway Patrol enforcing traffic laws on our highways has decreased 7 percent.
(b) In that same time, the number of crashes on the state highway system has increased 29 percent, and the fatality rate per mile driven has increased 27 percent.
(c) Studies show that, in the absence of enforcement, drivers are less likely to follow the law and maintain safe traveling behaviors.
(d) It is clear that the presence of law enforcement on our highways deters unsafe driving. For too long, it has been too easy for reckless drivers to speed, drive while impaired or distracted, or make other unsafe choices.
(e) The Legislature is ultimately responsible for dedicating the necessary state resources to the administration of programs that ensure the safety and security of all Californians.
(f) Over 80 years ago, California voters approved an initiative amending the California State Constitution to guarantee that the state uses vehicle registration and license fees for either the administration and enforcement of all laws related to the use of public roads or the construction of those roads.
(g) California is making an investment to repair and improve transportation infrastructure statewide. Traffic enforcement is critical to ensure this infrastructure operates efficiently and safely.
(h) It is the intent of the Legislature to restore the approved officer positions in the Department of the California Highway Patrol that were lost during the Great Recession of 2008 and then evaluate future staffing needs to align approved officer positions with workload.

SEC. 2.

 Section 13312 is added to the Government Code, to read:

13312.
 For the 2019–20 fiscal year to the 2023–24 fiscal year, inclusive, the annual budget proposed by the Governor shall include the level of funding and position authority necessary for the Department of the California Highway Patrol to add 120 approved officer positions each of those fiscal years.

SEC. 3.

 Section 42272.1 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:

42272.1.
 Notwithstanding any other law, revenues deposited into the Motor Vehicle Account derived from fees and taxes imposed by the state upon vehicles or their use or operation, over and above the costs of collection and any refunds authorized by law, shall be used first for the state administration and enforcement of laws regulating the use, operation, or registration of vehicles used on the public streets and highways of this state, including the enforcement of traffic and vehicle laws by state agencies.