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Wave Changes Landscape of L.A. Traffic

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There is a wave of change washing over Los Angeles county.

Once known as the city most likely to be shot in while driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Los Angeles County is now being referred to as "the city of friendly drivers" by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Attributed mostly to the "drastic increase in good-samaritan, happily-waving drivers," the constant waving-motion one displays after being allowed to cut into a particular lane on the highway has caused "a wave of happiness and goodwill" to "wash over the once-evil landscape of L.A. Traffic."

LAist couldn't be happier.

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Lately we've been seeing the signs of happiness start to permeate the LA traffic scene, with drivers of huge monolithic SUV's slowing down to make spaces for insignificant economy-car drivers. Others have allowed cars exiting driveways and gas stations to get into the street instead of blocking their entry. People are no longer fighting for parking spots or tailgating as often. Cars and trucks and SUV's and Hummers are all existing together on the paved road of the future.

But more importantly, they're waving.

A happy little quick wave. A wave through the rear-view mirror. A half-cocked, crooked wave through a half-cracked window. There's the frenetic wave people use to get into a turning lane before it's too late. The half-wave half thumbs-up wave. The wave accompanied by ones' pointer finger as if to say, "I love you!" The two handed, half-cocked, upside down thumbs-up wave. The wave transformed into two hands praying wave. The thank you so much for everything head-twisted turn around stop-sign wave.

It's happening everywhere.

LAist can't help but wonder (as we usually do) what has caused the happy-waving-trend to occur lately. We're not sure why, we're not sure how, but we are pretty damn sure that it's got to be one of the coolest, happiest, god-darn tootin' coolest things to ever happen to a city filled with unhappy, desperate souls.

But then again, as Andy Dufrene says..."There's always hope."