Running a Red Light in Yakima? Police Say It’s a Big Problem
Speed patrols continue in the cities of Yakima and Union Gap. Yakima Police continue to urge driver to stop for red lights and they were seeing a decrease in red light collisions over the past month.
MORE DRIVERS ARE HOPING TO GET THROUGH THE YELLOW LIGHT
The numbers are spiking again and that's a concern say police. They're concerned a red light crash could seriously injure or kill someone.
So here's the bad news. The number of drivers getting in crashes by running red lights is up again over the past week.
THE NUMBERS WERE DOWN FOR WEEKS BUT NOW THEY'RE SPIKING
During the week of May 14 through May 20 Officers made a total of 593 traffic stops and issued 234 citations. 33 collisions were reported with 19 the result of drivers not stopping for a red light. Compare those numbers with the week before. Yakima Police say during the week of May 7 through the 13 Officers investigated 33 collisions with 10 crashes the result of drivers not stopping for a red light.
POLICE WERE ENCOURAGED WITH THE LOWER CRASH NUMBERS
The week before that Officers investigated 21 collisions with 7 the result of a driver not stopping for a red light. It's an ongoing problem in Yakima and one of the reasons for the ongoing speed emphasis patrols.
WATCH YOUR DRIVING AT THREE SPECIFIC INTERSECTIONS
Not all of the crashes are happening at the same intersections but many are being reported at three popular intersections in Yakima;
*40th Avenue and Powerhouse Road
*East Yakima Avenue and 17th Street
*16th Avenue and Summitview
The patrol numbers are available for Union Gap but Officers in both cities continue searching for drivers who don't obey traffic laws hoping to cut the number of serious injury and fatal crashes in Yakima and Union Gap. In a Hurry in Yakima or Union Gap? Don't Speed Because Police Are Watching.