The Santee Review (city of Santee blog) reported this week that hoods were placed on a set of traffic lights to make them more obvious to drivers on North Magnolia Avenue, an area that has been prone to more traffic accidents since the SR-52 freeway was expanded.
City traffic analysts found that 20 traffic collisions had occurred on Magnolia around the freeway interchanges since March 2011, with more than half of the accidents involving drivers running red traffic lights.
Some of the drivers in the accidents said they hadn't been paying attention to the correct traffic light because two lights are in close proximity, one directing traffic to the freeway onramp.
The Sheriff's Deptartment worked with the city traffic engineers who conferred with Caltrans, which operates the lights, and hoods were recently placed over the set of lights that weren't obvious to some drivers.
Comment: Do you know of any other traffic areas in town that need to be analyzed by city engineers?