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Schwarzenegger: Balance the Budget with Speed Camera Tickets

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As part of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's budget proposal, which includes offshore oil drilling to fund state parks, he included an idea that would enable cameras at intersections not just catch red light violators, but speeders, too. If passed, cities and counties would be able to install a speed sensor, says the LA Times. "Those whizzing by the detectors up to 15 mph above the limit would have to fork over $225 per violation," the paper said. "Those going faster than that would pay $325 under the plan."

Of the $337.9 million expected to be made, the state would keep 85% of it, leaving the rest to local municipalities. Revenues could reach a half billion in future years.

The SacBee duly noted that "the governor did not propose increasing fines for talking on cell phones while driving or parking in red zones," both of which his wife was caught on camera doing last year.