LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — The city is implementing a new way to keep pedestrians safe in heavily congested downtown Los Angeles.

“I look twice, three times before I step off the curb,” says Nick Romero, who walks about six miles from the bus stop every day.

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“Three times I’ve seen people come within a foot or two of getting hit by a car,” he said.

The reason may be due in part to aggressive drivers and those in a rush.

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Last week, special traffic signals were installed that allow for more time before drivers are given the green light.

“It’s nice, it makes you feel more comfortable,” Romero said.

There are currently 16 intersections in downtown with the new traffic signals, the result of a push by Councilman Jose Huizar. He hopes to see the signals installed throughout the city.

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The new lights cost about $10,000 per intersection.