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LA City Council takes action to combat street takeovers


South LA and other intersections identified

The Los Angeles City Council has advanced a list of recommendations aimed at combating street racing and intersection takeovers.

Council members voted 12-1 to approve the recommendations, with Councilwoman Eunisses Hernandez voting against the matter.

Among the efforts, the Department of Transportation (LADOT) and the Los Angeles Police Department will begin establishing a pilot program to address street racing and takeovers at the top five intersections in each LAPD Bureau:

-- Central Bureau identified Grand Avenue and Fourth Street, Grand Avenue and Second Street, Grand Avenue and Third Street, North Meyers and Kearney streets, and Figueroa Avenue and Second Street;

-- South Bureau identified Crenshaw Boulevard and Florence Avenue, Manchester Boulevard and San Pedro Street, Hoover Avenue and Century Boulevard, Western Avenue and Century Boulevard, and Normandie and Gage avenues;

-- Valley Bureau identified Balboa and Foothill boulevards, Bledsoe Street and Bradley Avenue, Balboa and San Fernando Mission boulevards, Glenoaks Boulevard and Polk Street; and Yamell Street and Foothill Boulevard; and

-- West Bureau identified Lincoln Boulevard and Manchester Avenue, Western Avenue and Washington Boulevard, Mulholland and Corda drives, Fairfax Avenue and Pico Boulevard, and Pacific Coast Highway and Temescal Canyon.

Officials said the effort would employ two main approaches to curb street racing and intersection takeovers -- engineering and enforcement measures.

LADOT identified four available options to enhance intersections, such as implementing raised hardened centerlines, Bott’s Dots or raised pavement markers, rumble strips and the installation of gutters at intersections. However, the department noted that raised hardened centerlines may be the best approach as the other options could negatively impact other vehicles, as well

as bicyclists and motorcycles.

In recent years, the cities of Compton, Paramount and Oakland adopted some of the measures to address street racing and intersection takeovers, according to the LAPD.