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The Press Democrat Editorial: Let Police Ticket Driverless Vehicles

Source: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

If a car speeds through a school zone or breaks some other traffic law, the driver should get a ticket. But what if there is no driver? That’s the challenge confronting state lawmakers as California’s laws aren’t ready for autonomous vehicles. At least one lawmaker wants to fix it.

Assemblymember Phil Ting, a Democrat whose district includes parts of San Francisco and San Mateo County, has introduced Assembly Bill 1777 to allow police to ticket autonomous vehicles that break traffic laws. Now, because there is no driver to ticket, police can’t do much about driverless taxis or other vehicles that don’t follow the rules.