Police crack down on drivers ‘blocking the box’

Officers are cracking down on drivers blocking intersections

(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)

BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA)  – Its a problem virtually every driver has experienced: drivers who try to get past the red light and end up blocking an intersection. This problem, often called blocking the box, is not unique to any one city or state.

Signs telling drivers to not block the intersection can be seen across the country, but police officers are spotting this problem more and more in downtown Bradenton and in Palmetto, so officers are cracking down on ‘block the box.’

Officers will be handing out warnings to drivers that are blocking intersections.

Blocking an intersection is actually a violation of Florida Law. If you are stopped in an intersection and other vehicles or pedestrians have to maneuver around you, you could be punished with a $166 fine and three points on your driving record.

According to Bradenton Police, this statute was designed to keep intersections clear for police, fire and EMS vehicles.

For the rest of March, Bradenton Police and Palmetto Police will be catching these violators in the act and giving them warnings.

They’ll pass out flyers that describe the law and detail the problems that arise from blocking intersections.

However, starting April 1st, police officers will begin issuing tickets to violators.

To avoid a ticket and to prevent others from having headaches- be more aware while approaching an intersection.

If traffic is backed up and your vehicle can’t clear the intersection, simply stop. Once traffic begins to flow normally, you may proceed.

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