March 18, 1989 |
Procedures in Burlington County traffic courts must return to normal while legal issues concerning tickets are decided, the state Supreme Court ordered yesterday. The court temporarily rescinded a decision by Burlington County Superior Court Judge Martin L. Haines, who recently ruled that many traffic tickets are issued illegally. Haines said the tickets are not examined by a neutral third party to determine whether the police officer had probable cause or sufficient reason to file the charge.
April 23, 1998 |
Car thefts, shoplifting and robberies might have gone up in the last decade, but don't fret. There is at least one number headed down - traffic tickets. In 1988, township police wrote 15,916 citations for moving violations. Since then, the number has been steadily dropping. Last year it was only 9,465, down 41 percent, according to the Police Department's 1997 annual report. "Maybe there aren't as many speeders," guessed David Dellaporta of Radnor, as he waited for his Volvo at the White Glove car wash in Bryn Mawr.
July 12, 1987 |
It started small, with a $5 parking ticket. But it ended big, with a confrontation with a district justice and decisions by the Downingtown Borough Council to withdraw the ticket and reconsider its policy on notifying offenders. At the center of this ticketing tempest is Heather Bruno of the 300 block of Washington Avenue. During Wednesday night's Borough Council meeting, she said she had been ordered to pay $44 in fines and court costs for failing to pay a $5 parking ticket in May. Bruno wasn't denying that her meter had expired while she shopped on Lancaster Avenue, but she said she never saw or heard about the ticket until she received the citation from the office of Downingtown District Justice Burtis C. Coxe.
February 19, 1992 |
"Embarrassing" is the way Philadelphia Traffic Court President Judge Charles H. Cuffeld put it. Philadelphians, the judge said yesterday, are still ignoring their traffic tickets. Just as they were doing last year. And the year before that. And the year before that. Since becoming president judge in December, Cuffeld, like his predecessor, Traffic Court Judge George Twardy, has vowed to get tough on scofflaws. But yesterday, Cuffeld decided to try something nice as well.
September 24, 2005
Is there a city in America other than Philadelphia where a person can get convicted and sentenced for fixing traffic tickets and still keep his taxpayer-funded job? Charles "C.P. " Mirarchi 3d was caught on FBI surveillance tapes in 2002, playing the bagman for former city Bureau of Administrative Adjudication director Joseph F. Hoffman Jr. Hoffman was receiving payoffs from taxicab company owner Michael Etemad, who wanted his cab fleet's $47,000 in parking tickets wiped off the books.
April 25, 1989 |
Police officers in New Jersey may continue to write their speeding tickets, parking tickets and other traffic citations as they always have, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. The justices affirmed the current way traffic tickets are issued and overturned a ruling last month by Superior Court Judge Martin L. Haines of Burlington County that the way many tickets are filed is illegal. Changing the way traffic tickets are filed would have meant a major change in the way municipal courts in New Jersey do business and required millions of dollars for additional court personnel.
March 15, 1989 |
A Burlington County judge yesterday ordered that some prosecutions of routine traffic cases in the county be halted until an appellate court can decide whether the tickets were issued legally. The ruling by Superior Court Judge Martin L. Haines follows a recent opinion in which he said that a judge or court clerk must examine and sign a copy of a traffic ticket within 30 days after it is issued. If the copy is not examined by a neutral, impartial authority, police and prosecutors cannot prove there was probable cause to issue the ticket in the first place, Haines said in his decision.
June 19, 1987 |
The manager of the clothing workers union in Philadelphia told a jury yesterday that he and other union officials were "taking care of" members' traffic tickets while buying clothes for two Traffic Court judges and other city officials. "If a member had a ticket, he would bring it in (to the union)," said John Fox, manager of the Philadelphia Joint Board, Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union. At first, said Fox, the tickets were "taken care of" by Frank Pepe, the union's secretary-treasurer and a Democratic Party committeeman who denied in prior testimony having anything to do with fixing traffic tickets.
February 24, 2012
For careless Philadelphia motorists, 2011 was a good year to yak on a cellphone, roll through a stop sign, run a red light, or save a few bucks by forgoing insurance or annual vehicle inspection fees. They probably got away with it more often, due to the reported one-third drop in tickets issued last year for moving violations and vehicle-related infractions by the Police Department. In addition to drivers' logging fewer miles amid the economic downturn - and red-light cameras at 19 busy intersections possibly having a positive impact on driving habits across the city - it's also clear from the statistics that police simply weren't citing some motorists when they witnessed a traffic violation.
February 20, 2007 |
T. Milton Street Sr., who last week announced his candidacy for mayor of Philadelphia, was handcuffed and jailed for five hours yesterday on charges that he ignored traffic tickets in two South Jersey towns. Street, 67, who is facing trial on federal corruption and tax evasion charges, said he was "totally shocked" by yesterday's events, which began when a Moorestown patrolman who knew that his township had a warrant for Street's arrest recognized the former Pennsylvania state representative and hot dog vendor buying a newspaper in a 7-Eleven store.