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Put On the Red Light

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The LA Times reported yesterday that two city traffic engineers who hacked into the signal system in 2006 as part of a labor protest have been sentenced to two years probation. The pair set lights at specially-selected intersections to hold reds for an extra long time: "Cars backed up at Los Angeles International Airport, at a key intersection in Studio City, at access onto the clogged Glendale Freeway and throughout the streets of Little Tokyo and the L.A. Civic Center area, sources told The Times at the time." At least one of the engineers was famously profiled (right around news of the hacking broke) in Tom Vanderbilt's book "Traffic." [LAT]