Wednesday, July 11, 2012
If a motorist is not alert, he or she may become a victim of entrapment by the Beverly Hills Police Department on a short stretch of road on Rexford Drive between Burton Way and Santa Monica Boulevard.
Because Rexford runs through the Civic Center – which houses Beverly Hills City Hall, the Police Department, and the Public Library – there is a flow of pedestrian traffic at two crosswalks within a short distance of each other.
The City has, therefore, erected a stop sign at each location to ensure the safety of the residents and neighbors in the area.
Because the traffic is relatively light and the street is narrow, drivers may be inclined to simply slow down, then cruise on (it’s known as a California “stop”) their merry way.
That’s a big mistake.
Almost on a daily basis, I have spied police officers parked behind the bushes at the circular drive at the entrance to the library and public parking lot, waiting for a motorist to neglect to come to a full stop (the duration of which should be at least three seconds according to the law).
Personally, I think the Police conduct amounts to entrapment.
If so many people make the mistake, perhaps the City needs to post a sign down the street warning about the fact that there is a stop ahead.
How could so many people be wrong?
Instead of being helpful, the Beverly Hills Police Department has elected to take advantage of the situation - with the ultimate aim - of filling the public coffers with what I perceive as ill-gotten gains.
Posted by Julian Ayrs at 1:17 PM