ED Magedson – Founder
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority570 West Avenue 26, Suite 100 Los Angeles, California USA
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority MRCA Placed bogus stop sign in a location that would normally have a yield sign & installed a stop sign camera to charge bogus fines. Los Angeles California
This scam is designed to entrap people by changing the method by which traffic signs are assigned. Usually, engineers determine whether a stop sign or a yield sign is safe. I believe that the yield sign was changed to a stop sign in the last year or so. Further, because of the way the path to the main road is at a 30-40 degree angle rather than a 90 degree angle it is clear that merging is the obvious choice. In addition, furing night time and insufficient lighting contributes to missing the required sign (if there is one?) that indicates that there is photo enforcement in addition the actual stop sign.
Additionaly, this area has no pedestrians and placing a yield at this specific point (as I believe it was a few years ago) poses no risk of accidents. In fact, it is harder and potentially more dangerous to "merge" onto a street from a stop when you have to turn your head 120 degrees.
Then, to continue their scam, they violate the principles of notice and grace by sending a notice of default without the required original claim and three reminders. This allows them to up the cost of the ticket sooner. After all if an agency is running a scam to start with why would they be constrained by ethics or intellectual honnesty?
By all means enforce traffic rules where safety is enhanced. In this case, it's the opposite. They should drop all pretense of public safety and simply state that they need the money to pay for their salaries as at least that would be a step in the direction of honesty.
I'm not paying this attempt at extortion.
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