Anti-Trunking Bill – Is it Necessary?

I just read an article in the San Francisco Chronicle about a new bill in the State Assembly that will raise the penalties for “trunking” … that is, carrying passengers in the trunk of your car.

Under the terms of AB1850 [sponsored by Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia], drivers and those riding in the trunk will face an additional fine of $100 and be assessed one point. For a second violation occurring within one year of a first offense, a fine of $200 will be assessed.

I know that there have been two high profile crashes in SoCal involving passengers in the trunk and maybe that’s what’s sparked this. But my big question is how much of a problem is this? Don’t the current laws that compel people to wear seatbelts cover this? Wouldn’t resources be better spent just telling people that placing humans in the “crumple zone” of a vehicle is a bad idea (not to mention the fact that it’s hot back there and if the car isn’t maintained properly you can get carbon monoxide poisoning).

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