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Have there been a lot of vehicular fatalaties at Sunset and Highland recently? Driving home last night, we came across one of those fancy Traffic Safety Signs we love right before the intersection that read, "Stop At Red Or You'll End Up Dead". That's awfully harsh isn't it? It's also well before the red light on a busy street that we'd bet sees more lookie-loo fender benders than red light runners but maybe we just don't know. We spend more time avoiding Highland than actually driving on it. Has anyone caught these signs on other street intersections around town? Apparently they aren't just for the freeway anymore. (As an aside, though, we do really appreciate the one on the 101 that tells us how long it will take us to get to the 405 and the 134. It has been pretty accurate.)

That's not the only hi-tech car-related gadget in West Hollywood these days though. Coin-only meters are being replaced by systems that can take credit cards and we couldn't be happier. We're tired of our car acting like a piggy bank so that we don't incur the wrath of parking meter attendants.

All this gadgetry probably isn't going to help today though as Angelenos, rain and driving simply don't mix well.