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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 2001 | HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Once you have made your residence in California, how long do you have to get a driver's license? 1) 10 days 2) 20 days 3) 30 days 4) 60 days Hint: When you make your home here or take a job, you must get a California driver's license within 10 days. The preceding is an actual test question from one of the state's hundreds of online traffic schools, where the "hint" actually supplies the answer. How easy is that?
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2001
Dr. Herbert D. Kleber's response to "Traffic" screenwriter Stephen Gaghan's contention that [former drug czar] William Bennett contributed to his friend Rob Bingham's death from heroin is specious (" 'Traffic' Screenwriter's Sentiment Is Misplaced," Jan. 29). Kleber would have us believe that the Bennett-Reagan years were an Enlightened Age in the area of drug policy. On the contrary, the Bennett watch saw the emergence of "zero tolerance," the most misanthropic public policy since the Inquisition.
NEWS
December 20, 2000 | KATHLEEN DOHENY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Soon after a motorist gets written up--whether for running a red light, speeding, making an illegal turn or another moving violation--the scary thought hits home: How much will my car insurance premium go up? So many offenders trot off to traffic school, which allows them to make their tickets disappear--at least in the eyes of the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies. Traffic school enrollment has climbed steadily, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A white van pulled into an illegal space in front of Kester Avenue School in Van Nuys at 7:40 on a recent morning and a child jumped out. "Passenger exiting vehicle," traffic enforcement officer Tony Yancey said as he trained his video camera on the scene unfolding 100 yards up the block. "No stop, tow-away [zone]." Yancey zoomed in on the license plate number. Within two weeks, the driver will receive a $60 ticket in the mail.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 23, 2000 | HILARY E. MacGREGOR and THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The principal of a Santa Ana school called police Wednesday after more than a dozen drivers ignored the crossing guard and zoomed through the crosswalk as children were headed across the street. "They just speed through when there's people in the crosswalk, even though there's the crossing guard with a yellow jacket and a huge red stop sign," said Kathy Roe, principal of Rosita Elementary School. It happens every day, a steady source of worry for Roe.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 2000
Re "In O.C., Traffic School No Laughing Matter" (July 20): Nowhere in the article about traffic school is the real point of the class addressed. Almost all violations are committed as a result of attitude, not ignorance. I spent eight of the most inconvenient and deadly boring hours in traffic class several years ago. It was particularly boring for me since I was a deputy district attorney at the time and already knew the rules. However, every time I've been tempted to violate since that time I've been stopped short by the dread of sitting through that class again.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2000
Orange County should loosen the reins on errant motorists and let them choose from a variety of traffic schools. Why should freedom of choice in the matter be limited to residents of neighboring counties or to Orange County denizens who get ticketed across the county line? The advantage of traffic school to a motorist, aside from a refresher course in how to drive safely, is that the offense does not go on the driver's record. The class is limited to minor offenses, as it should be.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It might come as a surprise to Orange County residents who have received traffic tickets, but there is more to traffic school than simply sitting in a classroom for eight hours. Surrounding counties allow residents to take Internet courses, rent videos from Blockbuster or take specialized classes including some taught by "Improv" comedians. Not in Orange County.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 2000 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If you get a ticket and have to go to traffic school in Southern California, most counties allow you to take Internet courses, rent videos from Blockbuster or take classes, including some taught by "Improv" comedians. Not in Orange County. There, county officials have granted exclusive control of its traffic school services to one company, the only jurisdiction in Southern California to do so. Residents have one choice: A basic class held Thursdays and Saturdays at their local courthouse.
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