(LOS ANGELES TIMES) Thousands of drivers who were diverted onto toll lanes following a dramatic gun battle in Los Angeles last month were fined for not having the transponder needed to travel on the pay-to-drive lanes.
The fines, which in some cases were for as little as a dollar, were issued to thousands of commuters detoured by police onto the northbound 110 ExpressLanes near Vernon Avenue from 3 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Aug. 18 when police closed the regular lanes, city officials said.
The notices warned drivers that if the fine was not paid by Sept. 23, the amount would increase. If it wasn’t paid by Oct. 9, the notice said, it would increase again to $56.
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