LAPD plans to scale back patrols on troubled new bridge
There are still some attempts at impeding traffic, including a group of truckers whose plans were recently foiled by undercover LAPD officers
By Sarah Calams
LOS ANGELES — Last month, L.A.’s Sixth Street Viaduct bridge was closed multiple days in a row after reports of street takeovers and crashes. Later, Los Angeles officials said they would install speed bumps to deter dangerous speed displays and exhibitions. Now, the Los Angeles Police Department is scaling back their patrol presence as disruptive incidents have begun to decrease.
LAPD officials told ABC7 they’re reducing the amount of officers working overtime to patrol the bridge. However, they also told the L.A. news outlet that there are still some attempts at impeding traffic on the bridge. For example, undercover LAPD officers recently stopped a group of truckers from having a car show on the bridge. The officers were alerted to the group’s post on Instagram about the car show.
The city’s public works committee is discussing the installation of cameras and anti-climbing devices on the bridge. This maintenance, according to the committee, would cost the city over $700,000 to ensure the public’s safety on the bridge.
#breaking Sixth Street bridge shut down again! #lapd closing the bridge after hundreds of cyclists and cars filled the bridge.— Leanne Suter (@abc7leanne) July 31, 2022
Unclear how long it will remain closed. LAPD doing increased enforcement due to ongoing problems on the bridge. pic.twitter.com/CCXek0OCTn