SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California drivers seeing flashing lights in their rearview mirror may soon be reaching for their smartphones instead of putting them down.

A bill introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Mike Gatto of Los Angeles would give Californians the option of presenting their proof of insurance on a hand-held device during traffic stops.

Many insurance companies have introduced apps that display customer information, but the state vehicle code does not mention electronic devices, leaving law enforcement officers in a gray area during traffic stops.

Gatto plans to amend the bill to include registration papers, which the Department of Motor Vehicles would have to provide electronically.

The bill is expected to go before the Assembly Insurance Committee later this month.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

Comments (4)
  1. TLor says:

    hmm and doesn’t app’s cost something ?
    and who gets the fees.. and the taxes on the fees?

  2. david says:

    who is lobbying mike gatto to enact this legislation? this sounds like someone is making money off of this proposed legislation but who? what’s next driver’s license on a smart phone, vehicle registration, birth certificate, what? who is responsible if the smart phone is hacked, gatto?

  3. Deanna says:

    it needs to go both way, apps or proof on paper. if people can afford to have apps then they need to have a choice. one way or another.

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