LOS ANGELES — Fremont resident Antonio Valdevera was in town for only a few hours Monday, but it was long enough for him to become a small part of history as Los Angeles police launched a new crackdown on traffic gridlock.
Stepping from the curb at the busy corner of Broadway and 6th Street, a startled Valdevera turned as police whistled him for jaywalking, one of the two minor offenses (driving a car into a blocked intersection is the other) that police are targeting in a citywide enforcement campaign.
The effort stems from the new state anti-gridlock law signed in September by Gov. George Deukmejian, which calls for $50 to $500 fines for motorists who pull into blocked intersections. In Los Angeles, however, police are augmenting the statute with new emphasis on pedestrian violations as well.
"I suppose this is needed with this kind of traffic," a philosophical Valdevera said after signing the $10 citation. "But I've only been here three hours and I'm leaving shortly."