How to drive like a local in Los Angeles

Old Jun 14th, 2013, 05:13 AM
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As some one said above, there are legal issues with the tickets issued by speed cameras, the cities were not making much revenue although the contractor was raking it in, some questioned whether they really had any effect on safety. I think mostly they became political hot buttons.

San Diego, Anaheim, Long Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine have also dropped them.
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Old Jun 14th, 2013, 07:35 AM
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The cameras may not be going away everywhere.

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...ate&id=9043956
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Old Jun 14th, 2013, 08:03 AM
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That bill is dead for the year. Also,

http://stopab666.org/57/redflex-corruption-scandal/
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Old Jun 14th, 2013, 08:10 AM
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If LA freeways intimidate you, please move to the right lane if you're going to drive slower than the flow of traffic. Or try taking surface street alternates.

Years ago, I remember my ex-father-in-law thought he'd be able to drive the freeways. By the time he got from LAX to our house in Culver City, he was in a cold sweat and we thought he was going to have a heart attack. He drove surface streets fine, but my ex-husband or I drove their rental if we needed to go anywhere by freeway.
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Old Jun 14th, 2013, 01:36 PM
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No, please DON'T move into the right lane, you'll be messing up all the traffic that is trying to merge into the freeway from the onramps. 2nd to the right lane maybe. Or just stay home.
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Old Jun 14th, 2013, 04:37 PM
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Yikes, clark. "Welcome to L.A., now get the heck outta my way."
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 12:11 AM
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lol Clark. If you're a real CA driver, you should have no problem merging with a slow driver in the right lane. Just means they've left a big gap in front of them for you to speed into!
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Old Jun 17th, 2013, 05:14 AM
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. Don't signal for turns/lane changes.
2. Pass on the right.
3. STOP actually means slow down enough to make sure nobody is coming then proceed.
4. The yellow light means go faster and there is a 5 second grace period on red.
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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FrankS, do you have any specific suggestions?
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Old Jun 20th, 2013, 11:43 AM
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FrankS' recommendations are good. It is also important to note that traffic patterns and lane choice don't only depend on the HOUR of the day-- they depend on the FREEWAY in question, and what stretch of the freeway in question.

For example: Northbound on the 405 between Long Beach and LAX, if you can't take the carpool lane during morning rush hour (not that it will help you that much), there will ALWAYS be slowdowns between Long Beach Airport and Atlantic Ave., then again between the 710 and Crenshaw (past the Harbor Freeway), then Hawthorne to El Segundo Blvd. If you need to get past LAX to the Westside, you should probably get off the 405 and take Sepúlveda up into West LA, or Lincoln up into Santa Monica, or La Ciénega up into WeHo/Beverly Hills. The slowdowns between La Tijera and the 90 Freeway will make your head explode. You will also find yourself moving from lanes number 2 to 3, then 4, then back to 3, then back to 4....

Learning certain key side streets will help too. When Elizabeth Taylor was once asked her best advice for actors starting out in Hollywood, she snapped back without hesitation: "Take Fountain." She was right.

In summary: How to drive like a local in LA? Avoid streets that Lindsay Lohan or Justin Bieber will be driving, dodge all the rental cars full of the poor visitors to LA, toast your survival with whatever you can get your hands on when you arrive to your final destination, don't drive again until you sober up!
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Old Jun 22nd, 2013, 04:26 PM
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after reading this I can't imagine why anyone would suggest a tourist rent a car.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2013, 04:10 PM
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Eh - just pack a lot of patience and a GPS.
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