Drivers worried about 'dangerous' traffic light in Point Loma

Posted at 11:41 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-05 11:20:44-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - People driving in Point Loma are concerned after they say the traffic lights have turned green at the same time.

Greg Makie says he almost saw a car plow into another car at Rosecrans Street and Sports Arena Boulevard when lights in both directions turned green at once.

"When you almost get into a car accident, you get that heart racing kind of feeling and a little heavy you know," Makie said. "Both directions had a green light and had the right of way and the guy wasn't paying attention to the cars coming at him."

Makie, who also works at 10News as an editor, says if he hadn't been paying attention he would have gotten hit.

Other people say the same thing happened at Nimitz Boulevard and Rosecrans Street about a mile away.

Both intersections recently had smart traffic signals installed. The lights communicated and adjust to reduce car stops, and it is part of a $600,000 grant from Caltrans.

Makie doesn't know exactly what's making the lights malfunction but hopes everyone drives safer until they're fixed.

"Around rush hour people coming and going from work this area gets really packed and if you have a line of three, four, five cars that both have the right of way going each direction," he said. "I mean something major's going to happen."

The San Diego Police Department says they are on standby to come out and direct traffic if the city needs them.

A spokesperson for the city says they are looking into the matter and will address any issues, and they are also reaching out to their traffic engineering staff for help.