Beware Yakima Drivers Watch Your speed Yakima Police Watching You
Yakima Police and Officers in Union Gap are will spend the summer trying to slow drivers and prevent serious and fatal crashes. Both Yakima Police Chief Matthew Murray and Union Gap Police Chief Greg Cobb have called special emphasis patrols that will last through the spring and summer to keep drivers and pedestrians safe.
OFFICERS ISSUE A MAJORITY OF THE CITATIONS FOR SPEEDING
Every Tuesday the Yakima Police Department publishes traffic statistics from the ongoing patrols. During the week of April 23 through April 29 Officers made a total of 617 traffic stops and they issued 269 citations. Officers know there's lots of impaired drivers on the road the 4 were arrested during the week.
RED LIGHT CRASHES ARE AN ONGOING PROBLEM IN YAKIMA
27 drivers were in a crash in the city but 11 of the crashes were the result of a driver not stopping for a red light, an ongoing problem in Yakima.
Compare those numbers with the week before.
During the week of April 16 through April 22 Officers made a total of 709 traffic stops and issued 255 citations. 9 drivers were also arrested for driving under the influence. Police say many drivers are still not stopping for red lights and getting in crashes. In fact 24 crashes were reported during the week and 11 were the result of not stopping for a red light.
WATCH YOUR DRIVING ESPECIALLY IN THREE AREAS IN YAKIMA
Authorities say they're seeing lower red light crash numbers than during the winter months but it's still a big problem.
As previously reported;
Police say a majority of the red light crashes are happening at three specific intersections in the city;
*40th Avenue and Powerhouse Road
*East Yakima Avenue and 17th Street
*16th Avenue and Summitview
A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON STATE HIGHWAYS HAPPENS FRIDAY
The Washington State Patrol conducting a statewide High Visibility Enforcement patrol
on Friday in efforts to reduce serious injury and fatality collisions, as well as deter and interdict crime. The 24-hour “Arrive Alive”emphasis uses agency data to help troopers determine areas where agency resources will make the largest impact in saving lives.
TROOPERS HAVE BEEN BUSY THIS ALREADY THIS YEAR
WSP troopers investigated more than 10,200 collisions across the state in the first four months of 2023. Of those collisions, 177 involved serious injuries and 64 resulted in fatalities. WSP troopers investigated 10,579 collisions in the first four months of 2022, 187 of which involved seriousinjuries and 95 in fatalities.