Skip to comments.Businesses, Commuters Warn Of ‘Ticket Trap’ At Busy Palms [California] Intersection
Posted on 08/17/2013 1:56:41 PM PDT by BenLurkin
WEST LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) A busy Westside intersection has become a battleground for local motorists and business owners losing money over what they say is an excessive number of traffic restrictions.
KNX 1070′s Pete Demetriou reports the Motor Avenue Improvement Association is calling on City Councilman Paul Koretz to address the alleged ticket trap at Motor Avenue and National Boulevard in the city of Palms, where community members claim to get dozens of traffic citations every day.
So-called traffic calming measures and newly-added bike lanes along the northbound lanes are being blamed< for back-ups that residents say restrict access to local businesses and can grow as long as 25 to 30 cars waiting to travel north of Palms.
Police issued about 200 tickets for illegal turns at the intersection from Jan. 1 to April 12 this year, with about 40 drivers cited over two mornings during that period, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Illegal turn violations can cost drivers nearly $240, the Times reported.
According to the Motor Avenue Improvement Association, a computer store located near the intersection gives a $90 discount to any client who receives a ticket while trying to come to their store. The merchant has reportedly spent $1,800 last year alone on what the group calls justice credits.
Peter Neptune, who works at P&C Auto Body just north of National, blamed the mess on tough restrictions for making turns in the morning hours when stores open for business.
They cant make a left or a right turn onto Motor from National, and this has actually had a very, very serious impact on our businesses, Neptune said.
Motor Association members have been photographed regularly standing out along the intersection with signs reading, No Turn! Will Get Ticket! to warn drivers against making the illegal turn onto Motor Avenue.
Trying to get to work in Century City, a four-mile trip, is always marred by the traffic on Motor, said one Palms resident. I continually try new routes. Why should I have to? Please help us.
While some residents have complained the ticketing effort is simply a revenue-generating scheme device for the city or a way of keeping cars out of the upscale Cheviot Hills neighborhood, police officers say the restrictions are actually engineering-based and intended to keep commuter traffic flowing smoothly, Demetriou reported.
An online petition calling on the city of Los Angeles to fix the traffic situation along Motor had amassed only 15 total signatures as of Wednesday.
ANYONE that is STUPID enough to STILL live in the CRAPHOLE of a City that IS Los Angeles and that CRAPHOLE of a State that is CaliPornia DESERVES what they get. NORMAL PEOPLE ESCAPE CaliPornia while there is STILL time!
Get used to it.
My commune is looking for a place to grow hemp and hold midnight drum cricles— can we come to your town?
Go to Boulder, CO you will fit right in!
I am convinced, that in many instances, the police are more involved with revenue enhancement than they are with crime fighting. Some of you may argue with me, but that’s how it seems to be to me in my suburban Buffalo area. We have a lot of cops, and I (and my family) are forever being ticketed, or at least stopped (especially late at night)on the flimsiest of probable causes. I had a laptop stolen out of my car. The cops arrived. Wrote up a report, and told me next time, lock my car. End of investigation. My anecdotes mean little, but it is how I see it.
“ANYONE that is STUPID enough to STILL live in the CRAPHOLE of a City that IS Los Angeles and that CRAPHOLE of a State that is CaliPornia DESERVES what they get. NORMAL PEOPLE ESCAPE CaliPornia while there is STILL time!”
whoa there, cowboy! Freepers still live and work here, ya know? FR is located in mexifornia, so Jim R is stupid and deserves what he gets? Sure, I would love to kick every lib and fag in the face in this city, but it’s the nature of the beast. Chill.
Often its the police being pushed by money hungry elected officials that won’t hesitate to install a $50K red light cam in if it generates millions of dollars of revenue a year (one red light camera generated over $5M of revenue by itself in Washington, DC back in 2005) and they will use YOUR tax $$$ to pay for it. Where all this money TRULY ends up is who know. I don’t who is worse anymore, the Feds or the Mob. Both extort from you. Both will kill you. But at least the Mob wont force you to bow to homos or Muzzies or dictate what you can eat or where you have to send your kids to school...
Often its the police being pushed by money hungry elected officials that wont hesitate to install a $50K red light cam in if it generates millions of dollars of revenue a year (one red light camera generated over $5M of revenue by itself in Washington, DC back in 2005) and they will use YOUR tax $$$ to pay for it. Where all this money TRULY ends up is who knows. I dont know who is worse anymore, the Feds or the Mob but i’ll say this - Both extort from you. Both will kill you. But at least the Mob wont force you to bow to homos or Muzzies or dictate what you can eat or where you have to send your kids to school...
Reason 402 why I’m glad to not live in California. Although I considered it once. Doc gave me some medicine and I got over it.
“Traffic Calming” = Agenda 21.
I figured it was something cruddy like that.
Some run from gunfire, some run towards it.
There is one vote that trumps all the rest .... when you vote with your feet. Remember the definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results each time.
Yeah, and HOV lanes were supposed to be 'engineering-based' too, but it's been documented that they slow traffic.
Never let the real world facts get in the way of a liberal feel good policy.
I did just that in 2005, and moved my family from California to Texas. They lost a small business that employed half a dozen professionals, and the future productivity and tax payments of my four kids.
It sucks to be California.
As a Navy vet, you probably know many good patriots who are obligated by their military duties to live and work in ca. Most probably enjoy the weather, but they also probably have the sneaking suspicion that ca is no longer worth defending.
It sounds like your children know their future will be better in TX than in ca. Most bubble-headed, shallow, lazy kids I know want to go to ca.
Well, you know how kids are. They don't yet have enough real life experience and information to correctly size up anything (or any place). All most kids know of California is what they see on television and in the movies. They think it's some kind of paradise.
Mine still remember the place, but they know that most of it is just ordinary towns and cities full of hard working people who are struggling to get by. Being that they're from there, they're not fooled by the glam image.
I can only hope that they appreciate that they're in a better place. Time will tell. I rest easier because I know for a fact that they are.
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