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THE Valley's wide and open boulevards and streets seem to invite drivers to speed along in comfort in non-rush hours.

But it's hardly safe.

More people are killed in traffic collisions than in homicides, notes Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850.  police Sgt. John Gambill of the Traffic Coordination Section.

Drivers sometime need to be reminded that slowing down and obeying the laws are in everyone's best interest. So we applaud the city's efforts to put more traffic cops Traffic Cops is a documentary series on BBC One which follows traffic officers from various police forces including Hampshire, Cheshire and South Yorkshire. It shows what is involved in the day-to-day role of a traffic officer and the incidents they come across.  on the streets to catch speeding drivers and to install more cameras to nab drivers who run red lights.

Such devices are necessary evils, even though many motorists feel the intrusion smacks of Big Brother.

Starting July 1, drivers who run red lights will be caught on film at 16 intersections in Los Angeles as part of a three-year pilot program.

The Valley will get four of the 16 cameras. Right now, seven locations are under consideration, including: Balboa Balboa, town (1990 pop. 2,751), Colón prov., in the former Panama Canal Zone, on the Gulf of Panama. The port for Panama City, Balboa was the administrative headquarters of the Panama Canal Zone. It was also the site of a U.S. navy base (closed 1999).  and Roscoe boulevards; Sherman Way and Woodman Avenue; Reseda and Burbank boulevards; Tampa Avenue and Saticoy Street; Woodman Avenue and Terra Bella Street; Laurel Canyon Laurel Canyon can refer to several things:
  • Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California, an area in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, CA
  • Laurel Canyon Boulevard, a street that connects the San Fernando Valley to Hollywood that passes through Laurel Canyon
 and Victory boulevards Victory Boulevard is a major thoroughfare on Staten Island, measuring approximately 8.0 miles (12.87 km) and stretching from the west shore community of Travis to the upper east shore communities of St. George and Tompkinsville. ; and Balboa Boulevard and Chatsworth Street.

Many of the seven intersections have accounted for the highest number of collisions in the Valley in the last five years, police say.

And there's no sign that the streets are getting safer. From Jan. 1 to April 27, there were 239 collisions in the Valley caused primarily by drivers running red lights, police said.

Councilwoman Laura Chick pushed for more photo red light cameras more than two years ago out of frustration that too many people were being injured in·jure  
tr.v. in·jured, in·jur·ing, in·jures
1. To cause physical harm to; hurt.

2. To cause damage to; impair.

 or killed on Valley streets.

She's right. If more traffic police and a few cameras at dangerous intersections make people stop and think, it's worth the effort and expense.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
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Date:May 8, 2000

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