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The California Highway Patrol and local police officers issued 110,000 more traffic citations in Los Angeles County last year then they did at the start of the economic recession, and a Sacramento attorney is questioning the timing.

In fiscal year 2006-2007, officers wrote 1,746,852 tickets countywide, according to data from Los Angeles County Superior Court. Last fiscal year, they wrote 1,857,825.

Statewide, the CHP issued about 200,000 more tickets in 2009 than in 2007, CHP officials said.

The CHP attributes the increase to more officers on the highways and new cell phone laws.

But Matthew Becker, an attorney who specializes in traffic cases, said cash- strapped state and local lawmakers are looking for ways to generate revenue.…o-see-here.html

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