Stop right now, thank you very much

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A quiet neighborhood where drivers were forced to slow down. Gail Daniels hoped stop signs added around 22nd Avenue and Barge Street in 2012 made a difference.

"As more of the speed bumps have been installed, we've been finding more of the traffic coming through 22nd and Barge and going faster," said Gail.

Gail said those faster cars were not wanted in this family community.

"Are a lot of kids playing in your neighborhood?" asked Reporter.
"Yes, huge pet neighborhood. Huge kid neighborhood," said Gail.

Yakima had been addressing her concerns. Not only in her neighborhood, but around the city by installing new stop signs. Last year, the city added 43 stop signs on top of 23 signs in 2011. There was about 2,600 around Yakima.

KIMA checked with YPD to see whether the signs were working. Police wrote one ticket in this neighborhood in 2011, but none last year.

Another new sign went up at 41st and Viola Avenue. But, there weren't any tickets or accidents there in either year.

One trouble spot that got a stop sign is the intersection of 72nd and Washington Avenue. Police wrote 10 tickets there in 2011 and it was also the scene of an accident. It improved slightly last year. Tickets dropped by two, but there was still one crash.

While there doesn't seem to be a big difference, Paula Holm said the close calls she sees near 22nd and Barge make the signs necessary.

"I can't think of any other place that they would be as effective," said Paula.

Yakima planned to install more stop signs every year, but the city said it has fewer employees to do the work.