Drivers running stop signs in Oakland's Crocker Highlands neighborhood is nothing new, but what is new is the fact that police have been handing out tickets for the offense.
A KTVU camera was back in the area as an Oakland police officer cited several cars for running a stop sign at Longridge and Rosemount.
The recent show of force comes less than two weeks after a neighborhood meeting and a 2 Investigates report that found one neighbor had recorded his own video of the “worst of the worst” offenders.
Now police are telling drivers what concerned neighbors have been observing for a long time.
“I didn't stop all the way for a stop sign,” said Sarah Morrill after she was pulled over.
When asked if she didn't see the stop sign, Morrill responded, “I wasn't looking actually... I haven't had a ticket in years.”
Some Crocker Highlands residents say they've been asking for changes to the streets and for more enforcement for years. In addition to the stop sign citations, which typically run more than $230, police say they hope to educate.
“It's important to pay attention to your surroundings,” said Ofcr. Menandro Madlansacay Jr. “It's important to pay attention to the stop signs because we don't want any unfortunate accidents.”
Oakland Police could not say how many tickets officers have written in the area in recent weeks. Neighbors say California Highway Patrol officers have also been stopping drivers on Longridge and Rosemount.
Yet, some people who've been caught insist the stop sign itself is the real problem.
“It needs to be more visible and I would've stopped,” said one driver who did not want to be identified. “Maybe they should put in lights and signals if they want everybody to stop.”
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