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Richland Police Say Drivers are Too Close For Comfort

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RICHLAND- Following vehicles infront of you too closely may soon cost you in Richland.

In an effort to reduce accidents, Richland police are now strictly enforcing the trailing distance between cars. Since the begginning of May, the Richland Police Department says that sixteen accidents have happened where following to closely was a contributing factor.

Local law states that drivers should not follow closer than what is "reasonable and prudent." Richland police say this equates to around two or three seconds behind the car infront of you at speeds under 30 MPH and four car lengths or sixty-three feet at speeds over 30 MPH.

Richland police used to monitor trailing distance using a stopwatch, but they now have new Laser Speed and Distance Measuring devices that can accurately measure how far drivers are between each other.

Officers will be stepping up enforcement of the law in the coming weeks, and violations will cost $124. Major roadways that are being targeted are the George Washington Way to Swift Blvd. and other major streets in Richland.

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