SALT LAKE CITY — The ability of local police to nitpick over a vehicle registration decal would be significantly diminished if a bill that cleared the Senate makes it into law.
SB 137, addresses the issue of police issuing citations when vehicle registration decals aren’t in perfect order. Sponsored by Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley, the bill came about because some police departments have been overly aggressive in enforcing decal details, said Sen. Todd Weiler, R-Woods Cross.
Weiler said he has been ticketed himself, once for putting the sticker in the wrong place. He said some residents in select communities have been ticketed when the sticker wasn’t properly aligned on the license plate or became faded with exposure to the sun.
The bill has advanced to the House for further consideration. It advances with a warning.
“The Legislature is saying ... this very clearly. If the abuse continues from any city, we will come back next year and take attorney’s fees and damages from anyone who tries to enforce this law in a harassing way,” Weiler warned.