LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — CBS2 investigative reporter David Goldstein uncovered the top intersections in Los Angeles people received speeding tickets in 2012.
Goldstein obtained the Los Angeles Police Department’s database that recorded every speeding ticket issued last year—43,426 to be exact.
In that time period, 1,605 tickets were written at La Brea near Coliseum Street in Baldwin Hills, making it the number one spot residents were caught putting the pedal to the metal.
Goldstein reported that traffic officers wait with radar guns as cars race downhill.
Police said the stretch of roadway has historically been a problem, which is why it’s targeted.
Asked if it’s fair to catch people while they’re going down a hill, Capt. Brian Johnson said, “I think the issue is are we providing the proper education to the public. The engineering study and all the information that demonstrates it has been a problem with our traffic statistics.”
Traffic attorney Sherman Ellison said it’s wrong to pull people over in that situation.
“It’s chicken (expletive) to issue those types of tickets. It’s like shooting fish in a barrel. It’s unfair. They’re sitting there because they know the human tendency is to go a little faster,” he said.
The number two location people got pulled over for speeding was at Laurel Canyon and Canton in the Hollywood Hills, another downhill slope, according to Goldstein. Last year, 1,241 tickets were recorded there.
Woodman and Collins in Sherman Oaks (1,055), Roscoe and Nagle in Sun Valley (1,018) and PCH and East O Street in Wilmington (814) rounded out the top five.
Goldstein added that most people received tickets on Tuesdays (9,000 or so were handed out on that day last year), and tickets were issued between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. the majority of the time.
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