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VOL. 40 | NO. 22 | Friday, May 27, 2016

Traffic ticket? State lawmaker says no problem, just burn it

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NASHVILLE (AP) - A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says getting a traffic camera ticket isn't a problem - he just burns them.

State Rep. Andy Holt set such ticket ablaze on Wednesday and posted the video to Facebook. A news release issued in conjunction with the Facebook video urges others who are issued traffic camera tickets in Tennessee to ignore them.

Holt is a longtime critic of traffic camera tickets and has previously called for banning them.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said in an email Thursday to the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1TH1DkL) that Holt's advice is unsound.

Rausch says ignoring or burning a ticket "does not make the violation and accountability go away."

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