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May 4, 1991 | MIKE CLARY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A judge ordered the acquittal Friday of a Nicaraguan immigrant charged with killing his 3-year-old daughter in a car crash because she had not been strapped in a car seat. The sudden ruling ended a day-old criminal trial that had focused national attention on the issue of parental responsibility. In ordering Ramiro de Jesus Rodriguez, 30, cleared of vehicular homicide charges even before the case reached the jury, Dade Circuit Judge Sidney B.
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June 25, 1999 | NANCY TREJOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A computer screen in a high-security area four floors down in the bowels of City Hall East shows a flashing red box on a map of downtown Los Angeles. The designated spot is the intersection of Adams Boulevard and Broadway, and the flashing light warns that the congestion there is severe. The solution, says the engineer, is to increase the green light time on Adams Boulevard. A few minutes later, the flashing red turns to green. Problem solved.
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July 19, 2000 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal highway safety regulators, in their first official warning about the pitfalls of a wireless society, recommended Tuesday that drivers refrain from talking on cell phones, reading e-mail or surfing the Internet. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's concern about mounting driver distraction comes as industry is developing vehicles with even more high-tech gadgets.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 20, 2002 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
The Moorpark City Council has authorized spending more money on a consultant to analyze the safety of truck traffic on California 118. Moorpark hired Parsons Inc. of Pasadena in June to investigate what it would take to persuade the California Department of Transportation to adopt restrictions on the number of big rigs that barrel down the town's main thoroughfare, also known as New Los Angeles Avenue. County transportation officials estimate that about 3,700 trucks travel the road daily.
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May 29, 1992 | MARTIN BRENNER, Dr. Martin Brenner, M.D., is the medical director of CPC Santa Ana Hospital
We're a society in crisis. People are worried, fearful, stressed and insecure. It's crime, drugs, AIDS, health insurance--and traffic. We're mad at doctors, lawyers and, of course, politicians. We're mad at each other--at home, at work and on our freeways. We want leadership, vision, action. We want someone to do something. We call for investment and infrastructure, such as schools and roads to create jobs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2002 | Michelle Munn, Special to the Times
An unusual pedestrian safety program here boasts the kind of civic activism that Berkeley is known for, but it has received less than a banner response from residents. Last December, the City Council bought 3,000 6-by-8-inch flags and installed them, a few at a time, in canisters at four busy intersections. Council members hoped that, as pedestrians prepared to cross the street, they would pick up a flag and wave it to alert approaching drivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 1995 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its large population, sprawling area and grids of wide, flat thoroughfares resembling mini-highways, the San Fernando Valley is a haven for speeders whom police blame for a particularly high number of traffic fatalities this year. Indeed, the Valley so far has the second-highest rate of traffic fatalities in the city, a rate that is only slightly lower than that in South Los Angeles and higher than those in West and Central Los Angeles, police records show.
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September 18, 1997 | MIMI KO CRUZ, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The candles have burned and the flowers are dry but crosses and snapshots still mark the spots where a child and a senior citizen recently died while crossing the street in front of Commonwealth Elementary School. If residents and relatives of the victims have their way, a traffic signal will stand next to the reminders of tragedy on Commonwealth Avenue, off Lillie Avenue. Neighbors blame speeders for the two accidents and say such incidents will continue unless a signal is installed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Times Staff Writer
A lot of people don't like red-light cameras. But perhaps nowhere in California is the opposition more heated than in Anaheim. Not only does the City Council not want to install any of the cameras, but it is preparing a ballot measure that would permanently ban them. Mayor Curt Pringle, who is driving the effort during his last year in office, said he does not want future city governments tempted to collect revenue "on the back of public safety." "There is always pressure on local government to raise revenue, and I think this is one of those options that … should be taken off the table completely," he said.
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December 5, 1988 | EDWARD J. BOYER, Times Staff Writer
Actor Gary Busey, whose 1978 performance in "The Buddy Holly Story" won an Academy Award nomination, was critically injured Sunday in a motorcycle accident in Culver City, police said. Busey, 44, of Malibu, was driving west on Washington Boulevard near Robertson Boulevard at 11:40 a.m. when his Harley-Davidson motorcycle fell to the ground, Culver City Police Sgt. Karin Reagan said. "He was thrown off, and the back of his head struck the curb," Reagan said. "He was not wearing a helmet."
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