Chaos in Echo Park


The video above is Baxter street, in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles.

It's one of the steepest streets in Los Angeles, with a 32% grade.

It's also a favorite street for people to use to bypass traffic on Glendale Blvd. thanks to apps like Waze and Google Maps.

Residents are really pissed because they say these apps are creating a dangerous situation in their neighborhood.  Drivers not familiar with the area are not heeding warning signs and that's causing more traffic and more accidents on sunny days.  And when it rains, residents say, it's even worse.

Jeff Hartman told KTLA:

"They get up there, get almost to the top, they slow down because they see the top, then get on the very top and they stop.  And then the people behind them lose their traction because they're still going up the hill, and then everybody starts slipping and sliding and they all go a different way."

According to KTLA, residents are meeting with L.A. City Councilman Mitch O'Farrell and the L.A. Dept. of Transportation to talk about the situation and come to some kind of resolution to make the area safer for everyone. 


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