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Waze causing traffic, accidents, Los Angeles councilman says

File: The logo of mobile app
File: The logo of mobile app "Waze" is displayed on a tablet on January 2, 2014 in Paris. Waze is a community-based traffic and navigation app.
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A Los Angeles councilman is asking the city to consider legal action against Waze over complaints that the navigation app is recklessly guiding motorists off thoroughfares and into residential neighborhoods in search of shorter or quicker routes.

Councilman David Ryu sent a letter Tuesday to the city attorney's office, outlining what he says are dangerous conditions created by Waze users.

Ryu claims one narrow street in his Sherman Oaks district sometimes sees more than 675 vehicles an hour because of drivers using the Google-owned app. He says the increased traffic is causing accidents and damaging roads not meant for heavy traffic.

An email seeking comment from Waze was not immediately returned.