By C.J. SALGADO
EAST LOS ANGELES — Drivers beware. It looks like the future has arrived to at least one residential intersection in East L.A. where the County has installed an advanced, flashing-LED stop sign. Last month a regular stop sign at the intersection of Margaret Avenue and E. 6th Street was knocked over. Instead of replacing it with another regular stop sign, a high-tech version was installed. In fact, two were installed at that intersection as part of the County’s program to update certain stop signs.
The new signs, which provide advanced warning to drivers approaching an intersection, are solar-powered, needing no AC power. The signs are enhanced with powerful light-emitting diodes, which are highly visible day and night and in adverse weather like fog, able to be seen for up to two miles reportedly. The lights can be programmed to flash and to turn on and off at desired times, even to incorporate radar detectors. The LED lights have a life expectancy of up to 100,000 hours. That’s over 11 years worth of 24/7 operation.
So not only does this new red stop sign go “green” with its solar power, but it may also help reduce accidents, incidents, and fatalities from drivers blowing through intersections. With more such signs to be installed, the future is looking bright for safety, day or night.
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