Red Light Runners Beware City Hoping to Stop You in Yakima
If you drive in the city of Yakima it won't take long before you notice the number of drivers who run red lights.
YAKIMA POLICE ARE TALKING WITH COMPANIES ABOUT RED LIGHT CAMERAS
Many drivers wait at intersections when the light turns green just to make sure they don't get in a crash with a person running a red light. Yakima City officials and officials from the Yakima Police Department are working together to try and stop the problem possibly through the use of red-light cameras. The Yakima Police Chief Matt Murray says he's being speaking with two companies that operate the cameras in the state. He talked to them about the red-light cameras and speed cameras to cut down on street racing. However speed cameras can only be placed in school zones so Yakima Police say the cameras would have no impact on local street racers.
THE CAMERAS COULD BRING IN SOME $200,000 EVERY YEAR
It's different with red-light cameras that take pictures of license plates of vehicles that run red lights and issue citations. To lease the equipment, it is
about $4,500 per month or 54,000 annually per camera. Officials say the cameras could bring in annual revenue of $200,000 in citations.
THEY MAY STOP DRIVERS FROM RUNNING RED LIGHTS BUT CONCERNS REMAIN
But there's also concerns as well. Studies show that minor damage rear end collisions "greatly" increase because so many people are concerned about getting tickets for not stopping at the lights. Also, a substantial back up of traffic happens because of drivers not wanting to make free right turns because they're concerned of tripping the system and getting a citation.
Yakima City Council members will talk about the cameras during a meeting Monday, August 2 at 5:30PM at Yakima City Hall. The council is holding the meeting on Monday because Tuesday is primary election day.