Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The future of stop signs is now shining brightly in East L.A.

Stop sign in lights | C.J. Salgado

Stop sign in lights | 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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  1. Neat! Cool to see some innovative safety devices in the area!

    I was browsing streetview in another state, and saw a stop sign with the back painted solid red. I thought that was a nice enhancement. It makes it easier to identify if cross traffic has a stop sign.

  2. Great, more light pollution! Does anyone care if this blinds oncoming drivers? Of course not. It’s “green!”

  3. In the intersection of Druid and Richelieu Ave cars,frequently do not stop they blow through 3 way stop signs and it is in the school zone of Wilson high also tree branches block view one stop sign .

  4. if God came down and handed out free money some folks would complain about the noise and traffic. geez this criticism is ridiculous

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