Speeding vehicles can be a big problem in any area and a lot of people are hoping to see more police officers in areas where they live and or work.

To help address the problem the Yakima Police Department has started a new program to slow down speeding vehicles in area neighborhoods. Officials from the department have created posts on social media asking residents for help in identifying areas or roadways where drivers speed or pay more attention to phones then they do the road. Yakima Police are putting together a list of problem areas in the city that need more police attention. In fact police say each week over the next several months officers will choose a roadway, neighborhood or area of the city where residents have identified a problem and focus traffic enforcement efforts in that area. So if you see more police in your neighborhood now you know why.

Yakima Police say inattention is the cause of many crashes in the city. So far this year 275 collisions have been reported within Yakima city limits. Authorities say there are two main reasons for the high number of collisions, inattention to what other drivers are doing and following too close to other vehicles.
Officers have already started the emphasis patrols stopping vehicles in the Barge-Chestnut area on Monday. Department officials urge people to check out the Yakima Police Department Facebook and Twitter pages and list concerns about a roadway, neighborhood or area where more police are needed to help create a safer situation.