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In a first, Santa Monica installs solar-powered flashing stop sign


Santa Monica, which has long prided itself on being a green city, has installed its first solar-powered stop sign.

The flashing LED stop sign uses solar panels to power the lighting. Officials hope it will help improve safety by making the stop sign more visible.

According to a statement from the city, the sign on the corner of Olympic Drive and Avenida Mazatlan is the first of its kind for California.

"We have a constant problem with people doing the California rolling stop there and while we haven't had any accidents or pedestrian injuries, there have been some close calls and a lot of people complained about it so we wanted to increase driver visibility," Sam Morrisey, Santa Monica's principal transportation engineer, told the Santa Monica Daily Press.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: City of Santa Monica

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Actually, the City of Sanger, a suburb of Fresno, CA, has had half a dozen of these out for at least 5 years or so.

If people were doing rolling stops, then they knew the sign was there and simply didn't care....this flashing sign won't change anything.

Really? A solar stop sign?? Please.How about solar panels for all homes and businesses?How about solar traffic signals.The fact that people think this is a good thing is indicitve of the stupidity that is spreading through out california.

Yeah this is a total waste of taxpayers money. What happens on the off chance of cloudy days? What about putting camera's at that corner or, I don't know, increase patrols? Jeez, I thought CA was more smarter than this...


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