64 Worst: Drivers who block intersections vs. Gang violence

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Drivers often pay no attention to crosswalks or carelessly enter crowded intersections. It really shouldn’t come as a shock that, in a city reputed to lack walkers, cars frequently come to a complete stop over marked crossings at intersections, leaving pedestrians to walk around said car and into traffic. This same kind of driver is also known for impatiently entering busy intersections just as the light turns red and getting stuck, thus becoming a roadblock to traffic in either direction.

Gang violence, unfortunately, needs few words to justify its inclusion among the worst things about Los Angeles. But here’s some figures anyway:

Conservative analysts estimate that as many as 40,000 people belong to the 700 or so gangs in the city of L.A. Countywide, there may be as many as 1,200 gangs with 80,000 members. The material cost of their criminality may be as much as $2 billion a year; the human toll in lives lost or deformed defies calculation. [Tim Rutten, Feb. 27, 2008, LA Times]

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8 Replies to “64 Worst: Drivers who block intersections vs. Gang violence”

  1. Can’t I vote for both? I mean, gang violence is worse. It must be. But… Drivers in intersections endanger my life more frequently. Like, every time I leave the house.

  2. I’m pushing for the drivers. That’s something much more endemic to L.A. (and didn’t used to be the case, either).

    -dh

  3. I hate drivers who block intersections, but I don’t see that happen too much in LA. People are pretty considerate here.

  4. Well, I don’t know where Oren crosses the street, but it’s obviously not in front of my workplace. It’s been bad for the 13.5 years I’ve worked here. We finally got the City to put in a light that turns RED for us to cross and guess what? Cars, and occasionally buses, blow right trough it! A few co-workers have been hit and many of us have several close calls each week. I know people get killed this way too, and without knowing the true statistics, I’d have to guess there are more deaths caused by gang violence. So, that’s where I’ll put my vote.

  5. Oops…I guess I didn’t read the questions exactly right and my comment was more to cars that blow through crosswalks. Doesn’t change my vote.

  6. Man, I was all set to rail against drivers who block the intersection, then you had to go and put it in perspective like that. Damn, couldn’t it be drivers blocking intersections and the inconsistancy of the MTA or something?

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