Bill bars Calif. cities from keeping traffic fines

SACRAMENTO — A bill approved by the state Senate on Friday would prohibit local governments from keeping some of the money collected in traffic tickets written under local ordinances.

The bill sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Friday would bar local authorities from enforcing their own ordinances that regulate moving violations, such as speeding, if they are already regulated by state law.

Sen. Jenny Oropeza, a Democrat from Long Beach, cites at least half a dozen such recent ordinances by cites and counties struggling with budget problems.

She says the patchwork of local ordinances could lead to confusion among drivers and throw off traffic safety statistics, costing the state millions of dollars in federal aid.

Her bill, SB949, was approved on a 33-0 vote.

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