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State, cities battle over money from traffic fines

The state Senate has approved a bill that seeks to halt a recent trend by cities that have diverted traffic ticket fines from the state to municipal coffers.

"Several local governments have recently made it their official policy to substitute their own local ordinances for defined violations and penalties in the state's vehicle code for moving violations," said Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), who authored the bill.

By writing the tickets for speeding as violations of their own municipal ordinances instead of state law, cities have been able to keep more of the revenue from fines, she said.

The bill says that local authorities, who already get a share of ticket fines, cannot enact or enforce an ordinance involving violations covered by the state vehicle code. The measure was opposed by cities including Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and Fremont.

-- Patrick McGreevy in Sacramento

 
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"The measure was opposed by cities including Los Angeles, Costa Mesa and Fremont."

Of course, it was opposed by them. The cities obtain money illegally and write more tickets when city coffers are low. This bill is long overdue.

Why is it impossible for governments to keep it simple, direct, comprehensible and sensible? In the case of traffic tickets, if the arresting officer is a city policeman, then the city gets and keeps the bucks. If the arresting officer is a county sheriff, then the county gets the bucks. If the arresting officer is a highway patrolman, then the state gets the bucks.

Ditto for immigration and drugs. The Feds have laws on immigration and drugs. They seem to care bunches if a county sheriff nails immigrants but then the Feds look the other way when the same sheriff nails a drug dealer/user/whatever.

Why such a distinction? Should we prohibit lawyers from becoming legislators? Can we please have laws that all citizens can understand?

democrats are fighting for every penney we have.

Its so sad that times are so rough that the State and Cities are doing ANYTHING they can to give tickets in an attempt to raise money. Camera intersections, hiding Police cars at neighborhood intersections waiting for someone not to come to a COMPLETE stop, freeway cameras, etc. If you haven't been cited, its just a matter of time.

So I say this. If you are tired of the BS of the State and your local government, just avoid doing ANY business on or near areas where intersection cameras are being used. Take your spending money to other neighborhoods. Also, when Police charities call you looking for donations, politely decline and explain that you simply do not have the money since you are being forced to pay fines for questionable traffic infractions. Its time to fight back and hurt the city and State in THEIR pocket book. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

I say good for the cities. I'd like to see the state send Troopers into City Hall and take that money.

That's right, file the lawsuit and see what happens if the City refuses to pay. The uprising is going to begin shortly.

It's not about enforcement, it's about revenue generation.

Like coyotes fighting over garbage and demagogues setting up the public for their own enrichment?


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