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City to remove Silver Lake’s DIY traffic cams

Phony Silver Lake traffic camera. photo by Jen Fodor

City will be removing surveillance cameras mounted on utility poles | Jen Fodor

SILVER LAKE — The city’s Department of Transportation is going to remove four unauthorized traffic cameras and signs that were recently installed at the intersection of  Reservoir and Coronado streets.

Jen Fodor noticed that a camera had been installed on a utility pole on one corner last week. By this weekend all four corners had cameras pointed at the intersection, and a “Traffic Camera On” sign had also been installed.

It’s not clear whether the cameras are phony or are operating. But one thing is certain: they were not installed by any city agency, said Bruce Gillman, a spokesman with the Department of Transportation.  An order was issued on Tuesday to remove the cameras and signs, he said.

“Sometimes we see folks put up their own signs, paint curbs red, etc.,” Gillman said in an email. “Can’t recall a phony camera before, however.”

Phony Silver Lake traffic camera. photo by Jen Fodor

Photo by Jen Fodor

Phony Silver Lake traffic camera. photo by Jen Fodor

Photo by Jen Fodor

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14 comments

  1. That’s a shame they’re taking them down so soon. And that the city acted so fast in this. Wow. That intersection has become a very popular shortcut for everybody to cut through the neighborhood. And the most disrespected stop sign I have ever seen in my life! Seen endless people blow through that sign at high-speed’s with complete disregard for anyone.

  2. The efforts people go to to get drivers to drive safely and obey the law.

  3. Why won’t the LAPD engage in simple enforcement of traffic laws? Give out tickets for running stop signs. that one’s quite a bit of $$$ so would be very effective.

    • If the residents request stepped up enforcement of the location. LAPD will station Officers there a few days a week. I the police department did in on there own, they would be accused of harassment. It is also a violation of State Law to mount anything to a power pole. Traffic Safety is not a DIY operation, bring the issues to the correct people and the City will do every thing they can to help.

  4. The reason so many drivers “Blow thru” four way stop signs is because most of them are unnecessary. When I started driving most stop signs were only one way, lately almost all are four way. Pretty much all new stop signs are. As a driver made impatient by the “road Diet, traffic calming” that all you anti car people are pushing for, I stop only when necessary, I am not a slave to your arbitrary stopping rules. Metered stop light on the freeway on ramps for instants… don’t expect me to stop, I know how to accelerate and merge into traffic. just because the rest of you idiots don’t. And don’t expect me to stop for a sign at your precious intersection If there’s no reason to stop. Slow, Look, and Go!

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