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Photo-Enforced Stop Signs Still Angering Drivers

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A sign warns drivers of an upcoming photo-enforced stop sign in Franklin Canyon | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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They've been pissing off drivers since 2007 and now CBS2 is making it their latest target. They are stop signs in a few hiking areas around Los Angeles.

But these aren't just any stop signs, they are a very rare breed that carry photo enforcement technology. You may be alone in the nature, but someone's watching to see if you roll through a stop sign. The fine is $175.00 and in the last 18 months, 34,000 citations have been issued, according to CBS2.

The signs are found on properties run by the Mountains Recreation Conservation Authority, which is no stranger to controversy. This joint powers agency between the state's Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and two Ventura County park districts is charged with programming and maintaining open space throughout the Los Angeles region.

Some say these signs, found in places including Franklin Canyon and Temescal Canyon, are illegal, others say "it's not that hard to stop." The TV news station says there is a lawsuit in the works and is waiting for the result of that.