Police remind drivers: Don't block intersections

Posted at 2:26 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 16:26:25-05

Boise Police officers are reminding drivers to avoid blocking intersections while waiting at signal lights. They say it can be dangerous for other drivers trying to drive through the intersection when they have the green light, as well as for pedestrians trying to use cross walks. 

According to a Boise Police Department news release, officers have seen a greater amount of vehicles getting stuck in intersections due to the slow traffic flow -- which leads to those vehicles blocking the intersection for other vehicles in cross-traffic when the lights change.

“This is becoming more of a problem in the downtown core area, especially during the day and at peak commute times. 
Officers suggest that drivers wait to enter an intersection until they are certain they will be able to make it all the way through that intersection and not block traffic should the lights cycle through,” the release said. 

Boise City Code reads: “No driver shall enter an intersection or a marked crosswalk unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle he is operating without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians, notwithstanding any traffic-control signal indication to proceed.”

There is a $90.00 violation fine.