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Officials want more money from L.A. speeders, parking violators. Is this a good way to balance budget?

January 27, 2010 |  8:38 am
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State and city officials are turning to traffic violations in their effort to  balance budgets.

Earlier this month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a plan to give cities and counties the green light to install speed sensors on red-light cameras to catch -- and ticket -- speeding cars. Those whizzing by the radar-equipped detectors at up to 15 mph over the limit would have to pay $225 per violation. Those going faster would be fined $325. The state estimated it would generate $337.9 million through June 2011.

Now, Rick Orlov is reporting that Los Angeles "is quietly seeking a change in state law that would allow the Department of Transportation to put the Denver boot on cars that have three outstanding tickets instead of the five now required." This could generate $61 million in revenues for the city.

What do you think? Should the city and state try to get more money from parking and traffic violators?

Share your views below.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

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