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From: Nathan Callahan
Are you texting while you're driving on the freeway? Be sure to watch the new Amber Alert programming.
The Future of Freeway Communication
Report Drunk Drivers, On Sale Now
The first time I saw a freeway message sign was on the 5 near Katella in Anaheim. CalTrans had just installed the variable ambered-bulbed overhead billboard and was running a test, so the entire grid of the sign was lit — no message, just a matrix of amber. It nearly stopped freeway traffic. Motorists were so mesmerized by the simple dot matrix pattern, they slowed to a near standstill.
Lately, Cal Trans has used these freeway boards for posting the commandment, “Report Drunk Drivers, Call 911.”
I once reported a drunk driver. He was in heavy stop and go traffic on the East LA interchange — cutting from lane to lane, slamming on his brakes, and brandishing a bottle of unidentifiable liquor in a brown paper bag from which — when the spirit moved him — he took a long draw. Let’s just call him the complete drun...
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