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L.A. City Council members vent over distracted drivers and pedestrians

L.A. City Council members vent over distracted drivers and pedestrians

Los Angeles City Council members have a message for drivers and pedestrians more focused on sipping lattes, texting friends and reapplying mascara than on getting home safely: Knock it off. 

A routine vote Wednesday on whether to accept a $500,000 grant to promote Vision Zero turned into a passionate discussion of the dangerous habits of drivers and pedestrians. Vision Zero is a citywide campaign to reduce traffic fatalities to zero by 2025.

Under the program, the city has installed new pedestrian traffic signals and a scramble crosswalk, which requires all vehicles to stop so that walkers can move freely corner to corner, including through the middle of...

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