The investigative teams at Los Angeles TV stations are busy this month — it's a May ratings thing, I guess. At Channel 2, David Goldstein and the CBS 2 data team examined all 43,236 speeding tickets written last year by the LAPD. The most popular place for the traffic cops to nab speeders: La Brea Avenue at Coliseum Street, where drivers come down from the Baldwin Hills. There were 1,605 tickets issued there, Goldstein says.
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.
Tuesdays were the biggest days for speeding tickets, CBS 2 says — and it's the morning shift that writes the most. Between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. is the busiest time for speeding citations, per the story.
At NBC 4, Joel Grover and team revisited their award-winning hidden-camera investigation of Jiffy Lube from seven years ago. "A four-month undercover investigation reveals what insiders say are new tricks and tactics used to cheat unsuspecting customers at the nation’s largest truck repair chain," Channel 4 says this week. It's the "biggest investigation" ever by the NBC 4 I-team, the station says.
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