Citizen Ticketed For Directing Traffic After Police Fail To In South Pasadena
Via CBS News Los Angeles: We’ve all heard the saying: no good deed goes unpunished . . . and that’s exactly what happened to a South Pasadena resident who was issued a ticket by police for his charitable act.
When a major traffic light in the area went out Thursday morning, Alan Ehrlich took matters into his own hands, directing traffic at Fair Oaks and Huntington avenues. “I grabbed a bright orange shirt that I have and a couple of orange safety flags. I took it upon myself to help get motorists through that intersection faster,” said Ehrlich.
Before Ehrlich stepped in, traffic was backed up for more than a mile and it took more than 30 minutes to get through the busy intersection. Ehrlich said the Sept. 8 incident wasn’t the first and that the light goes out regularly. “It was just kind of chaos of cars . . . there were stop signs up. But people were challenging each other to get through the intersection,” said Richard Gerrish who works at an office located at the intersection.
He already has plans to address the matter at an upcoming city council meeting. Police and the city of South Pasadena say they currently have no plans to change any procedures.
Safer to allow traffic to back up? Then why bother having traffic lights in the first place?
Ehrlich was dressed in proper safety gear and even had traffic safety flags. Why was he ticketed? Oh, I know, doing the job union police officers couldn’t do. Heaven forbid us citizens be allowed to take care of any matters ourselves.