The best deal in California is the California Vehicle Code book.  This is a
taxpayer subsidised book and is probably worth over $40.00
You can walk into the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and buy one for

Getting a Code book is a good first step in knowing with certainty if you are
following the law or violating the law; and making the police follow the law.  
You can get it free online, but you can't take the online code with you on the
bike to show the officer or a friend what is in the book.  

That's the key. It applies in all other areas of law, too. Understand the code
(law) and you have the only certain way to prevent the country from becoming
a nation of men, and not of laws.

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Reason:Online article

(a) The director, where the automotive repair dealer cannot show there was a bona fide
error, may refuse to validate, or  may invalidate temporarily or permanently, the registration
of an automotive repair dealer for any of the following acts or omissions related to the
conduct of the business of the automotive repair dealer, which are done by the automotive
repair dealer or any automotive technician, employee, partner, officer, or member of the
automotive repair dealer.

(1) Making or authorizing in any manner or by any means whatever
any statement written or oral which is untrue or misleading, and which
is known, or which by the exercise of reasonable care should be
known, to be untrue or misleading.  
False or Misleading Defined.

In determining whether any advertisement, statement, or representation is false or
misleading, it shall be considered in its
entirety as it would be read or heard by persons to whom it is designed to appeal.

An advertisement, statement, or representation shall be considered to be false or misleading
if it tends to deceive the public or impose upon credulous or ignorant persons.

NOTE: Authority cited: Sections 9882 and 9884.19, Business and Professions Code.
Reference: Sections 9884.7(1)(a) and (h), 9884.19 and 17500, Business and Professions
That means when you walk into any business in California that has a repair shop, and sells
motorcycle safety helmets, ask them if they sell "DOT approved" helmets;  if they say yes,
the store has violated those laws.  The store made a False and Misleading claim according
to California law.

Fraud.  Making false or misleading statements.   Helmet sellers have got to stop violating
those laws, because they are perpetuating the hoax that the rogue law officers are using to
violate the law and your rights.   Selling helmets under false pretenses.

You should not get a ticket for not wearing an approved helmet when approved helmets
don't exist.  And helmet salesmen should not be able to claim they sell approved helmets if
approved helmets don't exist.  

The helmet sellers are helping to spread and prolong the problem the police are creating
when police ticket you for wearing a helmet that doesn't meet the standard that only exists in
the cop's imagination.

Know of a California shop that claims to sell 'approved' helmets?
File a complaint with the
Department of Consumer Affairs.
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Following is a listing of selected motor vehicle/driver-related laws that took
effect on Jan. 1, 2013. This listing does not contain all bills enacted in 2012
that made changes to the California Vehicle Code. Only those having a
significant impact are referenced. For complete information on chaptered bills
enacted in 2012, please refer to the legislative website at

AB 2489: Altering a license plate to evade electronic detection now carries a
$250 fine.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has begun relying on automatic
license plate recognition cameras to catch suspected criminals. Some
California residents have chosen to start "scratching, lacquering, or painting
over the reflective backing of a license plate or tampering with the lettering" in
an effort to hamper the new technology. In the past, this type of activity cost the
driver $25, it now carries a fine of $250.

AB 1888: Holders of commercial driver's licenses (CDL) may attend traffic
school for violations involving their personal vehicles.

The California Trucking Association appreciates the change in the rules, which
permits CDL holders to attend traffic driver violator school if their infractions
took place while driving on a Class C or Class M license. They say that this
change does not increase the number of dangerous truckers on the roads.

AB 2189: Illegal immigrants may receive California driver's licenses under
certain conditions.

According to the Sacramento Bee, illegal immigrants who qualify for the
federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program will have the
opportunity to qualify for a California driver's license. Bill proponent Gil
Cedillo, D-Los Angeles, argues that doing so results in more driver testing and
training, which would ultimately result in safer roads.

AB 2405: Choose Clean Cars Act of 2012 opens up high occupancy toll
(HOT) lanes to some solo drivers.

Around the Capitol highlights that solo drivers of cars meeting "California's
super ultra-low emission vehicle (SULEV) standard" and the "federal
inherently low-emission vehicle (ILEV) evaporative emission standard" may
now use the state's high-occupancy toll lanes. As more and more carpool lanes
are being converted into high occupancy toll lanes, the sticker identifying the
car under the act is going to become a coveted commodity.

AB 2284: Drivers transporting irrigation supplies near park lands may be

The Legislative Counsel claims that a peace officer now has the authority to
stop a "vehicle transporting agricultural irrigation supplies" in some areas. The
goal of this newly enacted law is a crackdown on illegal marijuana cultivation
on public park lands.

DMV is a department under the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, which is under the
direction of Secretary Brian P. Kelly. The DMV licenses drivers; maintains driving records; registers
and tracks official ownership of vehicles and vessels; investigates auto and identity-related fraud; and
licenses car dealers, driving schools, and traffic violator schools
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It is easier to keep bad laws from passing
than it is to get rid of a bad law after it is enacted.
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Your actions can speak louder than the police officer's words.
Read what happens when you understand, memorize and use the
knowledge available on this website.  
2 BOLT members changed an entire
Police department in 45 minutes.  
The audio tape of the traffic stop is below in chronological order.
#1 begins with the webmaster arriving at the scene of the traffic stop.
The CHPD ticket
Don refused to give
back is
The letter Don
wrote to Sgt
McVay is
The apology and new
CHPD policy
statement is
The CHPD ticket written for webmaster's helmet.  It took months to
obtain this document from the PD. They appeared to resist handing
over this information and it took 4 trips and several written government
code requests until they handed over the document.
War is an extension of politics and
politics is an extension of war.
A Folsom Police Department officer tried to say he could arrest me and jail; me
for recording him during a traffic stop for my home-made helmet.
This set of
documents was created following the phone call to the Supervisor.

It is clear the CHP does inform other departments and agencies that probable
cause cannot be developed in helmet cases. I know alot of people who print it
and carry it with them everywhere.
Recommendations for California riders:

Get a Vehicle Code book from the DMV.
Read the sections we discussed in this website.

Get a digital recorder.
Take it with you wherever you go, on a bike or not.
Use it every time you are stopped by an officer.
It is legal to record in public in California.

Avoid answering questions - your answer could be used
against you in court. If you think you are going to get "fair"
treatment from the officer, remember the cop is not allowed
to testify to information that can exonerate you.

Print the documents that you think will be helpful and carry
them with you. Show others.

Don't take your DOT sticker off your helmet.
Technically it is not required to be on the helmet once you
have actually bought the helmet. But with the stickers on and
in it that a helmet being sold has, there should be no way you
should get a ticket.

If you get pulled over (turn on the recorder and) ask the
officer what is wrong with the helmet. Have him tell you what
the probable cause is, if he writes you a ticket.

As soon as possible contact the BOLT webmaster.
You will be instructed to email the audio recording of the
traffic stop, along with a scanned copy of the ticket.

Court procedures are complicated, and can be slightly
different from county to county. It would be tedious and
consume many pages of this website to try to have all the
possible scenarios that could happen written here.
The information on this website along with personal
experience of BOLT members will fill in any blanks and
answer any questions that you can think of.