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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Arrests or citations at traffic stops. Provides that a law enforcement officer may not arrest or issue a traffic information and summons to a person for a violation of a law regulating the use and operation of a motor vehicle on an Indiana highway or an ordinance of a city or town regulating the use and operation of a motor vehicle on an Indiana highway unless, at the time of the arrest or issuance, the officer: (1) is wearing a distinctive uniform and a badge of authority; (2) immediately identifies himself or herself as an officer using an authorized departmental identification card and a badge of authority; or (3) is operating a motor vehicle that is equipped with at least one signal lamp equipped with a red beam and a blue beam and a siren. Provides that, upon request, a law enforcement officer must allow a person who is the subject of such an: (1) arrest; or (2) issuance of a traffic information and summons; to contact a law enforcement agency or emergency dispatcher to verify the identity of the law enforcement officer. Makes an exception to these requirements for a law enforcement officer who is: (1) making an arrest; or (2) conducting a search or seizure of a person or property; in connection with the commission of a felony or misdemeanor that is not related to the use or operation of a motor vehicle.