Ashley Wilson's mission to drive to a park above Beverly Hills and hike every morning for a week came with a cost that eclipses the burg's famously pricey lifestyle.
After assuming that only wild creatures would witness her car roll through a remote stop sign, Wilson was stunned weeks later to get four tickets in the mail totaling $700. A hidden camera had captured her infractions on video.
"I was totally shocked," Wilson said. "I knew there were signs there. I didn't think they'd be that strict and be that expensive."
The stop-sign camera is one of seven scattered in parks along the Santa Monica Mountains that have surprised Southern California road warriors used to seeing red-light cameras and speed traps on their daily drives. During an 18-month period ending May 31, nearly 35,000 citations have been issued and the parks have collected nearly $2 million.
But the nation's first stop-sign cameras, introduced in 2007, have angered critics who think they're another aggressive government tactic to squeeze money out of motorists...
(at least we're safer, even if we are being fucked out of our hard earned money - fc)