People finding their 'waze' to once-hidden streets

Dec 14, 2014 9:48 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - When the bumper-to-bumper traffic began filling the narrow hillside roads of the Los Angeles neighborhoods that parallel America's busiest urban freeway, local residents were baffled.

When word spread that it was the popular smartphone app Waze that was directing drivers to those once-secret streets, they were angry.

Some vowed to fight back by sending phony accident reports for their neighborhoods. They hoped that would put those cars back on the jam-packed Interstate 405 freeway.

It hasn't, and now residents are complaining to local officials.

They want transportation authorities to look into other controls like four-way stop signs, narrower lanes and speed bumps.

But the real problem, Waze spokeswoman Julie Mossler says, is not the traffic app. It's the traffic.

In LA, Mossler says, there's just too much of it.

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