Paperwork bill has unintended consequences

Apr 24, 2013 -- 10:20am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A law standardizing police officer paperwork is having unintended consequences. The measure requires law enforcement to personally serve citations. APRN reports the idea behind the bill, when it passed three years ago, was that officers issue tickets to the right people for things like speeding or underage drinking. Versions of that provision had been on the books since the 1980s, but that is now having an impact on some communities when it comes to parking tickets. Juneau is one of many cities across Alaska that lets the courts handle parking ticket appeals. The court system, in an order that took effect April 15, said it will no longer deal with cases in which an officer stuck a ticket under someone's windshield wiper. 

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