Yakima Police Continue to Enforce No Cruising Ordinance
Authorities say they'll continue to enforce the city no cruising ordinance along Yakima Avenue.
Yakima Police say the past weekend along Yakima Avenue was a lot different than recent weekends in which many people cruised Yakima Avenue in response to the COVID-19 restrictions. Yakima Police Capt. Jay Seely says officers working Friday and Saturday nights didn't report any problems and noticed a smaller number of drivers. On Friday city officials warned drivers that cruising is only allowed on the second and third Saturdays in June, July, August, and September.
Those dates are designated in a city ordinance as available for ‘open cruising.’ Other than on those days, cruising is prohibited in Yakima.
A news release from the city says the weekend before last multiple vehicles were driven up and down Yakima Avenue as people congregated on sidewalks and in parking lots along the street to watch. The city’s cruising control ordinance says that a violation of the ordinance could result in a $100 fine.
That didn't happen this past weekend. Many people say they cruised Selah city streets after hearing the warning from Yakima city officials. Selah doesn't have a specific ordinance against cruising.