One California lawmaker is fighting back after the Legislature killed his effort to close a loophole allowing thousands of public employees to avoid red-light camera, bridge or toll-road citations each year.
Assemblyman Jeff Miller vowed last week to reintroduce the bill, rejecting the notion that the state cannot afford to alter vehicle files to force privileged drivers – including legislators – to pay outstanding fines.
"People are trying to skirt the system and take advantage of it," he said. "Every average, hardworking family has to pay (its fines), and nobody should be above the law."
Statewide statistics are not kept, but the number of offenders is believed to be in the thousands each year – only a sliver of total violations, but costly in lost revenue nonetheless.
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