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October 4, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
We've all seen it while sitting behind the wheel: A cop breezes up to a traffic light, obviously not on an emergency call, flashes the cherry top and saunters through an intersection as if he or she owns the place. When the traffic camera snaps, the officer simply ignores the ticket. Well, not anymore, at least not in Denver. City police officers on routine duty there will have to do what the law requires -- and what every other motorist on the road must do: Challenge the violation or pay the fine.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 17, 2012 | By Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday to bar protests near funerals, prevent future accounting scandals and provide some legal amnesty to people seeking medical help for drug overdoses. The measure protecting funerals says protesters on public property must be at least 300 feet from the burial site. Violators could be fined $1,000 or jailed for six months. The restrictions are a response to protests by the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, whose members have picketed military funerals to say the death of soldiers is punishment for the country's tolerance of homosexuality.
OPINION
August 28, 2012
Who would be so cruel, so selfish, as to deny money for spinal cord injury research? Unless you wish further harm to people who are paralyzed or otherwise disabled by spinal injury, certainly you want Californians to open up their wallets to fund studies, right? Boiled down to its basics, that is the argument behind the well-meaning but misguided AB 1657, which would tack $1 onto moving traffic violation fines to fund spinal cord injury research. The asserted but questionable nexus between traffic tickets and medical research is that tickets are issued to drivers who violate the law, those violations usually constitute unsafe driving, unsafe driving causes car accidents, and car accidents are a leading cause of spinal cord injury.
TRAVEL
July 22, 2012 | By Catharine Hamm, Los Angeles Times
Question: We recently received a registered letter from the Commune of Lucca, Italy, notifying us that we were in violation of "circulating inside a pedestrian area" on May 5, 2011. Because we did not contest the violation immediately, it said, we must be considered guilty. We were to send immediately 123.76 euros, about $152. If we delayed more than 60 days, the fine would increase to about $245. We did visit Lucca on May 5, but we never received a ticket or anything else in writing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Michael John Zannitto, an 11-year veteran of the Garden Grove Police Department, was enjoying a day at Knott's Berry Farm when he met a woman who had recently been cited for speeding around a stopped school bus in Huntington Beach. The off-duty officer wasn't in uniform, but prosecutors say Zannitto tried to impress the woman by promising that he could have her $234 citation dismissed. About a month after the ticket was issued in November, Zannitto got a text message from the 32-year-old woman that included a picture of a bottle of alcohol and said she could provide free alcohol if the ticket went away, according to a statement Monday from the Orange County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2012 | By Matt Stevens, Los Angeles Times
Thanks to a "very unusual combination of circumstances" and a quick set of calculations, a UC San Diego scientist successfully fought a $400 traffic ticket with a four-page research paper. Dmitri Krioukov, a senior research scientist at UCSD, successfully appealed his failure-to-stop ticket using a physics and math argument that ultimately swayed a San Diego judge. In the paper, titled "The Proof of Innocence," Krioukov offered a series of equations and graphs to show that it was physically impossible for him to have broken the law, as an officer claimed.
NATIONAL
April 4, 2012 | By Richard Simon
The road through Hopewell, Va., isn't exactly paved with gold, but a mile-and-a-half stretch of interstate generated $2-million worth of speeding tickets for the town last year - and a fight between the AAA and the local sheriff.  AAA Mid-Atlantic, decrying "heavy-handed traffic enforcement tactics," said the 14,000 tickets written last year for a stretch of Interstate 295 through the town "appears to be about more than safety. " The speed limit is 70 mph. Sheriff Greg Anderson said officers won't write up tickets until a driver is going a minimum of 81 miles an hour.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
The acting police chief in San Fernando has been placed on leave after the city launched an investigation into whether he tried to a fix a traffic ticket that had been given to an aide to a local congressman. Lt. Jeff Eley was removed from his post Jan. 19 after a video surfaced on YouTube showing an officer handing a running-a-stop-sign citation to Fred Anthony Flores, an aide to Rep. Howard Berman (D-Valley Village). The Nov. 23 ticket did not arrive at the courthouse in time for a Jan. 4 hearing, said City Manager Al Hernandez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 5, 2011 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Ten Los Angeles Police Department motorcycle officers have sued the city, alleging that their supervisors retaliated against them for resisting traffic ticket quotas, according to a court filing reviewed Thursday. Attorneys for West Traffic Division Officers Philip Carr, Kevin Cotter, Timothy Dacus, Peter Landelius, Kevin Ree, Kevin Riley, Josh Sewell, Vincent Stroway, James Wallace and Jason Zapatka filed suit a week ago in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Among their allegations is that LAPD supervisors punished them for refusing to follow orders to implement traffic ticket quotas.
OPINION
May 24, 2011
Parking pass Re "L.A. officials get special clout on parking tickets," May 20, and "L.A. drops its parking Gold Cards," May 21 Sporting event tickets, concert tickets and now parking tickets: It's been a tough year for L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The city continues to cry poverty and look for ways to increase fees and taxes, and yet it paid a contractor to provide favors to insiders by reducing parking fines or voiding tickets entirely, without explanation.
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