Carmageddon: Mayor delighted to see empty streets
"We had hoped this would happen," Villaraigosa said. "People have answered the call. They have stepped up to the plate in recognizing that the best way to do this is to stay out of their cars."
The mayor took off from City Hall East in the afternoon, and his 32-minute flight zoomed over the 10, 110 and 101 freeways and afforded views of La Cienega, Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards. All seemed nearly deserted.
Someone joked over the headsets that you could run the L.A. Marathon today on the 101.
But Villaraigosa cautioned that traffic could still take a turn for the worse. "We're not over the hump yet," he said. "We're not going to gloat yet."
-- From a pool reporter in the mayor's helicopter
Photo: Few cars can be seen driving on the 405 Freeway during "Carmageddon" weekend. Credit: Arkasha Stevenson / Los Angeles Times