One of the things that amazed me about the people in Los Angeles is the fact that they are so obedient to traffic signals. If you are walking down a street with no traffic and you come to a curb, even if there is not a car in sight you have to stay on the curb and wait until the light changes to the WALK sign.
At first I was shocked when a companion stopped me and whispered, “You’ll get a ticket if you go.”
I looked around for the police. I looked around for cars.
“But there’s no cars coming.”
She shook her head.
No one ever crosses the street unless the traffic signal says WALK. No one.