EDITORIAL SLOW DOWN AND WAVE.
But it's hardly safe.
More people are killed in traffic collisions than in homicides, notes Los Angeles 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 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 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 and Victory boulevards; 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 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)|
|Date:||May 8, 2000|
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