A recent decision by the European Court of Justice made it harder for European
police agencies to share information about speeding tickets. Authorities
in Kern County, however, have no such misgivings.
In May 2010, the ECJ
struck down a provision that had allowed European Union countries to share information with one
another regarding speeding tickets, red light tickets, no seatbelt tickets
and some other traffic offenses. The justices ruled that the measures
involved roadway safety and not the "prevention of crime."
The ban does not take effect until May 2015, and officials hope to have
a new information-sharing policy in place well before that time.
Nearly all states, including California and Nevada, share information with
one another about major and minor traffic violations. So, the speeding
ticket you receive on vacation or a business trip to another state will
most likely come back to haunt you when you try to renew your drivers' license.
Although the vision of a single
Big Brother-type entity that controls everything about information sharing has yet to become a
reality, law enforcement has
several tools available to find out who's been naughty or nice in a different jurisdiction,
at least in terms of driving habits:
California belongs to the DLC but not the NRVC. But many law enforcement
agencies share information with each other on a voluntary basis, so if
you have an out-of-state warrant, there's a pretty good chance the
patrol officer in Tulare County still knows about it.