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The Region

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge refused to extend the city police moratorium on enforcing a new law that requires motorists to carry proof of automobile liability insurance. Judge Norman Dowds rejected a request from lawyers pressing a class-action suit by citizens who say they cannot afford insurance, and who sought an extension until an Oct. 10 hearing. The judge rejected the request on the ground that there was no proof substantial harm would result if police began enforcement as scheduled on Oct. 1. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the California Highway Patrol have already begun enforcing the law, which took effect July 1 and carries a $100 fine.


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