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City of Yakima Traffic Division Targets Speeding Hotspots

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YAKIMA, WA - Have you ever seen cars just fly by, completely ignoring the speed limit? Well thanks to a State grant the City of Yakima is targeting what they call "Safety Corridors".  

We were told there are several safety corridors around the city, they're problem areas that traffic patrol officers noticed are particularly dangerous spots. We found out the city is hoping several new speed readers will make a difference.

The Traffic and Streets Division just recently received a State grant. They put a good chunk of that money towards stepping up patrols in two problem areas, along South 1st Street near the Union Gospel Mission and West Nob Hill Blvd. near the West Valley Walmart.

They've also put in two new speed readers, the city tells us they hope this will get people to use caution.  

"We do want people to remember to slow down when they come out of that 40 mile per hour speed zone down to that 35 where the school is and it's more heavily developed," City Traffic Operations Manager, Joe Rosenlund explained.

The spot on West Nob hill blvd empties out right next to Whitney Elementary School, so they say that area is especially important for them to target. The police department told us they've already had 379 speeding infractions in school zones this year, so remember when you one of those speed readers, check your speed and slow down.