Crews make up to 20 people a day dump out alcohol

YAKIMA, Wash. -- KIMA is following up on the problem with people drinking in public. The Yakima Business Improvement District said it's still an issue.

Block by Block said its crews make up to 20 people a day dump out their alcohol. The group now covers a smaller space. That's dropped enforcement. Most public drinking is found behind the Second Street market as well as the transit station on Fourth Street.

"It's every other week we deal with something," said Kameo Flower Shop employee Merritt Mahre. "Every other day usually too, whether it's a group of people in the back drinking leaving bottles, going to the bathroom."

Yakima police officers said public drinkers will get tickets if they're caught. But, there is no city code written for police to arrest them.