Fines Double For Rolling Right Turns In LA

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Rolling right turns at red lights will cost Los Angeles drivers $381 if cameras or police officers catch them.

The city of Los Angeles has doubled the cost of the ticket to be consistent with the state-established.

For years, the penalty for such a ticket was $159 because the police department considered slow right turns - nicknamed "California stops" - to be less dangerous than running red lights.

The change could generate $2 million more revenue per year. Last
year, about 30,000 tickets were issued at 32 intersections with
cameras.

A police spokesman says the decision to change the cost of tickets was made a year ago, before the cash-strapped city found itself in a fiscal crisis.
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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-08-16-08 1257EDT


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