Thousands Diverted Onto 110 ExpressLanes Due to LAPD Gun Battle Fined By Toll Operator

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LAPD investigators look for bullet casings and evidence on the Vernon Ave. on-ramp to NB 110 Freeway after a gun battle stretched onto the freeway Aug. 18. (Credit: 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.

A third fine increase would be issued by the DMV if the penalty wasn’t paid by the time a vehicle’s registration was due, the notice warned.

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