How to significantly disrupt traffic in Los Angeles
They are on trial, facing possible felony charges if convicted, for unauthorized access to city's computer system in order to make traffic even worse at four busy intersections last year August. Who are they? Meet Gabriel Murillo and Kartik Patel, both in their 30s and both high level Department of Transportation transportation engineers with the Automated Traffic Surveillance Center.
Prosecutors said the men changed computer codes preventing transportation managers from reprogramming and reactivating traffic lights for four days at four intersections. No accidents were attributed to the outage. The four intersections were allegedly chosen, authorities said, because they would significantly disrupt traffic. The intersections were Sky Way at World Way at Los Angeles International Airport; Coldwater Canyon Avenue at Riverside Drive in Studio City; Glendale Boulevard at Berkeley Avenue in Echo Park; and 1st and Alameda streets in Little Tokyo.
The illegal access occurred hours before a job action by members of the Engineers and Architects Assn., which represents 7,500 city workers. About 1,500 union members walked off their jobs. City officials had temporarily blocked engineers from access to the computer system during the labor dispute. [LA Times]
Map of the four intersections made by Zach Behrens/LAist