“This was a life and safety issue because there were concerns about distracted driving,” Chief Public Information Officer for Caltrans Lauren Wonder said.
The sign was located at the Sepulveda Pass hills just outside of the largely blue and Democratic-run Los Angeles adjacent to highway 405.
The first report of the sign came right before 7 a.m. from someone who “was apparently concerned it could spark a blaze” following multiple “destructive brush fires in the past few years.”
Despite its distance from the highway, the California Highway Patrol recorded the sign as a “traffic hazard” as people on the nearby highway began to decelerate to take pictures of the sign during their morning commutes.
By 9 a.m. that same morning, Caltrans entered the private property and “laid it down so it wasn’t a visual distraction.” The sign was not fully removed but is no longer erected on the hillside.