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Mayor Bloomberg Says Ticket Fixing Problem Already Fixed

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NEW YORK (AP / CBSNewYork) - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says that while “there seems to be a lot of evidence” that police officers have been fixing traffic tickets, he believes it’s a problem that’s already been corrected.

In his weekly radio appearance on WOR Friday, the mayor said that officials believe any ticket fixing has been virtually eradicated since last year. That’s when the NYPD started using a computer system that tracks each ticket beginning the same day it’s issued.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Bloomberg declines to go into specifics on the investigation 

“We put in a new computer system so that the instance the ticket gets back to the station, it goes in,” said Bloomberg. “Once it gets into the system, it will be very hard to fix it.”

Law enforcement officials say a longstanding practice came under fire after the NYPD‘s Internal Affairs Bureau stumbled across evidence of widespread fixing in Bronx precincts.

Law enforcement officials have said up to 40 officers are being eyed for possible official misconduct and criminal charges. Scores more could receive administrative discipline.

The AP reported that several high ranking city lawmakers and a New York Yankees official are among those who allegedly had tickets thrown out, in exchange for payment or gifts.

So far, no criminal charges have been filed.

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