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Traffic is backed up due to a failed light, and a local citizen gets out of his car to direct traffic and keep cars moving.  Sounds like a good thing, right?  Well, not according to local police.

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.

Gerrish said Ehrlich cleared up the mess in 10 minutes. After 15 minutes, South Pasadena police say they finally received a call about their newest traffic officer.  Police responded to the scene and told Ehrlich to stop and issued him a ticket, but never stepped into direct traffic themselves.  “I don’t know if this ticket is $50 or $400 dollars. It’s a small price to pay for the greater good,” Ehrlich said.
South Pasadena Police Chief Joe Payne said he did not have the man power needed to staff officers at Fair Oaks and Huntington Thursday and that is safer to allow traffic to back up.  “We have limited resources . . . we need to prioritize them. One of the major intersections out at rush hour in our city should be a priority,” Ehrlich added.

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.

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0 responses to “Ridiculous…

  1. I didn’t have to see it to know that it was in California. Where else would the law be at the mercy of individuals with absolutely no common sense? Alan Ehrlich would be a hero in most any other state, but, is living in a state where chaos is the theme. Now we know why politicians with inferior intellects keep getting elected, because the citizens have less intelligence. Wise up, or expect more of the same.

    • Same place where cops and firefighters let that guy drown then had someone else go get the body because they weren’t “certified” to do it? (We won’t do it and we won’t let you do it either!)

  2. Ridiculous does not even begin to cover this madness.

  3. I will add this place my growing list of places I never want to go to, I suppose they have pre-written excuses for all the routines they dont want to do. Sounds like time for a new Police Chief, maybe the Fire chief should take over, they are trained to do things FOR people, not like the police who do things TO people

  4. Never, E-V-E-R underestimate the stoopidity of government.

  5. And what’s with the ticket anyway? If there’s a rule against a citizen directing traffic in a potentially dangerous situation where police aren’t available I’m sure most citizens aren’t aware of it. Where is such a rule written? And since folks aren’t aware of it they should have only given him a warning, NOT a ticket.


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