Tiger Team patrols busy Hollywood street

HOLLYWOOD It's Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's fourth so-called "Tiger Team."

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It's all part of the mayor's plan to try to ease traffic congestion throughout the city, especially on some of the city's most congested thoroughfares.

The city's latest tiger team is on the hunt, patrolling along a stretch of Sunset Boulevard. The team is ready to ticket and tow any illegally parked cars during rush hour.

The Sunset team is the fourth tiger team to patrol the city. Five traffic control officers and seven tow trucks will be on the hunt between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. They will be patrolling Sunset Boulevard between Vermont and Laurel Canyon Boulevard.

The team also has some new high-tech help in tracking cars. The officers have new state-of-the-art technology to scan license plates that can immediately identify stolen vehicles or possibly cars wanted in Amber alerts.

The first tiger team was posted along Wilshire Boulevard in June 2006, followed by Ventura and Crenshaw boulevards.

Sunset is the latest city target to try to make sure the traffic is moving. If you decide to park anywhere along Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, the tiger team is going to be out in force.


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