Not Every Driver Is Cited For Good Reason Say YPD
Sending a message. That's what Yakima Police Officers say they're doing through the ongoing speed patrols. It's the reason why Lt. Chad Janis says not everyone receives a citation when stopped by a patrol Officer.
A MAJORITY OF DRIVERS ARE GETTING WARNINGS
A lot of people are getting the message as the speed patrols continue into the fall and winter and not every driver is getting ticketed. Janis says the patrols are designed to let drivers know they need to slow down and stop for red lights. He says warnings can have just as much of an impact as a citation for many drivers.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE NUMBERS SHOW PEOPLE DRIVERS ARE WARNED EVERY WEEK
During the week of October 1 through October 7 Yakima Officers made a total of 826 stops and issued 349 citations meaning a majority of people received warnings. But Officers say the problem of red light crashes continues. Patrol Officers investigated 33 collisions during the past week with 16 the result of a driver getting in a crash after not stopping for a red light. 7 drivers were arrested for DUI.
THE WEEK BEFORE OFFICERS MADE MORE THAN 1,000 STOPS
During the last week of September made 1,030 stops and issues 389 citations. they investigated 30 crashes...16 the result of a driver not stopping for a red light. The officers also arrested 14 drivers for DUI.
It's fall but Yakima Police continue speed patrols. Officers are warning drivers of changing weather conditions and the need to give more time to stop and warning drivers that slick streets can lead to accidents.
OFFICERS ARE BUSY THIS YEAR WHEN COMPARED TO LAST YEAR
From January to June of 2022 Officers made 8,909 traffic stops. During the same time this year Officers made 18,798 traffic stops.
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