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Plan to cut fines for red-light violations to $35 vetoed by Schwarzenegger

September 30, 2010 |  6:24 am

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef013481cf7dfb970c-800wi

An effort to significantly cut the fine motorists pay for making a right turn on a red light without stopping has failed in Sacramento.

TalkBackLAGov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have reduced the fine for violations involving turning right on a red light to $35.

Assemblyman Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) said his AB 909 was meant to reverse a previous increase in fines for failing to stop correctly before turning right on red.

Supporters note that some cities have jacked up the fine for the violation in recent years, to as high as $450. Critics have said the bill would reduce revenues to local government. Some cyclists also opposed the bill, saying many accidents are caused by drivers failing to stop at red lights.

Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill, saying "a driver running a red light, whether they are traveling straight, or turning right, makes a very dangerous traffic movement that endangers the nearby motoring public, bicyclists and pedestrians."

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