And this is why Paul Cook is not a safe choice for conservatives or recreationalist or anyone who has a love of Liberty.
Paul Cook our current Assemblyman and Congressional Candidate has authored what might be a final stab in the back for Off Road Recreational Families.
california legislation > AB 1595 (Cook): Vehicles: recreational off-highway vehicles.
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PASSED THE SENATE JULY 6, 2012
PASSED THE ASSEMBLY MAY 25, 2012
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 21, 2012
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MAY 10, 2012
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY MARCH 29, 2012
INTRODUCED BY Assembly Member Cook
FEBRUARY 6, 2012
An act to amend Section 38012 of, to add Section 500 to, and to
add Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 38600) to Division 16.5 of,
the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles.
LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST
AB 1595, Cook. Vehicles: recreational off-highway vehicles.
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
SECTION 1. Section 500 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
500. “Recreational off-highway vehicle” means a motor vehicle
meeting all of the following criteria:
(a) Designed by the manufacturer for operation primarily off of
(b) Has a steering wheel for steering control.
(c) Has nonstraddle seating provided by the manufacturer for the
operator and all passengers.
(d) (1) Has a maximum speed capability of greater than 30 miles
(2) A vehicle designed by the manufacturer with a maximum speed
capability of 30 miles per hour or less but is modified so that it
has a maximum speed capability of greater than 30 miles per hour
satisfies the criteria set forth in this subdivision.
(e) Has an engine displacement equal to or less than 1,000cc (61
SEC. 2. Section 38012 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:
38012. (a) As used in this division, “off-highway motor vehicle
subject to identification” means a motor vehicle subject to
subdivision (a) of Section 38010.
(b) As used in this division, “off-highway motor vehicle”
includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) A motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, except for any motorcycle
that is eligible for a special transportation identification device
issued pursuant to Section 38088.
(2) A snowmobile or other vehicle designed to travel over snow or
ice, as defined in Section 557.
(3) A motor vehicle commonly referred to as a sand buggy, dune
buggy, or all-terrain vehicle.
(4) A motor vehicle commonly referred to as a jeep.
(5) A recreational off-highway vehicle as defined in Section 500.
SEC. 3. Chapter 8 (commencing with Section 38600) is added to
Division 16.5 of the Vehicle Code, to read:
CHAPTER 8. RECREATIONAL OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLES
38600. A person operating a recreational off-highway vehicle
shall be at least 16 years of age, or be directly supervised in the
vehicle by a parent or guardian or by an adult authorized by the
parent or guardian.
38601. A person shall not operate, or allow a passenger in, a
recreational off-highway vehicle unless the person and the passenger
are wearing safety helmets meeting the requirements established for
motorcycles and motorized bicycles pursuant to Section 27802.
38602. A person operating, and any passenger in, a recreational
off-highway vehicle shall wear a seatbelt and shoulder belt or safety
harness that is properly fastened when the vehicle is in motion.
38603. A person operating a recreational off-highway vehicle
shall not allow a passenger to occupy a separate seat location not
designed and provided by the manufacturer for a passenger.
38604. A person operating a recreational off-highway vehicle
shall not ride with a passenger, unless the passenger, while seated
upright with his or her back against the seatback with both feet flat
on the floorboard, can grasp the occupant handhold with the seatbelt
and shoulder belt or safety harness properly fastened.
Paul Cook is not and has never been a friend of the Off Road Community. His conspicuous failure to support the Friends of Johnson Valley and their fight to keep Johnson Valley OHV area open is now compounded with this nitwit moronic legislation that warms the cockles of the left-wing cactus caressers, is proof positive he is an enemy of the outdoor recreation community.
Candidate for the 8th Congressional District Gregg Imus posted on his web Blog:
I have read the summary of AB 1595 and would like to start off by saying that I don’t need Sacramento or Washington telling me what to do or how to live. The duty of government is to protect our individual freedoms, rights and liberties, not take them away from us. I grew up riding dirt bikes and at one time owned 7 off road motorcycles for myself and my family. My wife and I would spend weekends riding with the kids. It was my obligation as a father to teach my kids safety, not the governments. This bill is nothing more than the expansion of government into the privacy of our lives and recreation. AB 1595 tells us that we do not have the ability to know what is best for our families. The arrogance of the Sacramento politicians that feel they know what is best for us is appalling. They can’t even take care of the fiscal crisis that faces the state, and until they fix that mess they should not be allowed to do anything else. After all, they work for us, not us for them.
Cook told reliable sources that he is backtracking and trying to change some of the language so as not piss the Off Road Community off as it has become apparent that this might well lose him most of the rural, desert and mountain vote.
“This will do nothing to save lives, and it will further hamper a family orientated recreation that is under assault by the nanny state”, said Friends of Giant Rock Member Mark Lanham of Landers.
Paul Cook looks pretty bad here. He once again listens to the vocal fringe and fails to think of the collateral damage and unintended consequences of stupid legislation.
What a goof ball idea…. Hey Paul did you think this was not going to piss rural families off?