Slowing down drivers in neighborhoods

Slowing down drivers in neighborhoods
YAKIMA, Wash. -- KIMA is taking action for you on speeding here in Yakima. You contacted us wanting more done to slow down drivers. Action News pulled the numbers and learned fewer tickets are being written this year.

Dave Bunce was at home on Jackson Avenue when he watched a boy riding his bike almost get hit by a speeding car.

"Started to cross the street, but there was a car coming and she had to slam on her breaks,” said Bunce.

Bunce said he sees cars speed by every day.

Action News asked, "Do you think police officers are doing a good job at catching speeders and ticketing them?"

"Well, not on this street because they go on this street a lot. But, they don't come on here," said Bunce.

He said police don't patrol side streets like they used to. It's clear something has changed. From January to August of last year, police wrote 2,000 speeding tickets. This year, they've written a little more than 1,600. That's about a 20% drop.

YPD said the department was short a traffic officer at the beginning of the year because of injuries.
That affected the number of speeding tickets.

Traffic officers patrol areas based on traffic volume. Patrols on residential streets are complaint driven.
YPD only has four officers assigned to traffic, making it hard for them to cover every residential street.

It seems the best solution for neighbors like Bunce is to file a complaint with YPD to make sure his street gets the needed attention.