Copper thieves creating traffic light outages

SAN JOSE (KGO) — Thieves are stealing copper wiring from metering lights and creating a lot of gridlock in the Bay Area as a result.

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting the thieves are at fault for many traffic jams because they tear out valuable copper wiring that powers metering lights and traffic signals and even making streetlights dark — making it incredibly dangerous for pedestrians and drivers. Some metering lights in the South Bay have been out for two weeks.