Traffic officers seem be spending more time at the junction where Alvarado Street, Berkeley Avenue and Glendale Boulevard meet (some would say collide) in Echo Park. That’s what an Eastsider reader named Monica and her boyfriend discovered on a recent afternoon when he and several other motorists were pulled over at the same time by an officer after turning left from Berkeley Avenue into northbound lanes. Traffic signs say left turns are prohibited on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. but they are too small, Monica said:
“Signage is so inadequate that on any given light change at least 4-5 cars make the ‘illegal’ turn. This afternoon cops stationed … just north of Berkeley pulled over and cited every one. No warnings. After my boyfriend got ticketed, we passed by the intersection twice while on our errands. Each time we passed we saw another group of motorists being stopped. the fact that this ‘violation.’ The fact that this ‘violation’ was/is made en masse should indicate that the error lies within the system, not with the motorist.”
Monica wanted to warn other motorists about the tickets. The Eastsider has contacted the LAPD’s Central Traffic Division to get more details. Meanwhile, Monica’s boyfriend is waiting to find out how much that citations is going to cost.