YPD goes undercover and issues 47 traffic tickets

YPD goes undercover and issues 47 traffic tickets

YUMA, Ariz. – Fourty-seven drivers were given traffic citations during an undercover police detail.

A sergeant stood at two different intersections on Fourth Avenue in plain clothes with a camera on Thursday, according to Yuma Police Department (YPD) . When the officer caught a violation on camera he would radio a marked car near by to make the traffic stop.

A total of 53 drivers where pulled over throughout the day leading to 47 traffic citations. The violations ranged from running red lights, cell phone use, speeding, seat belts, child restraints, among others. Officers say they even made three misdemeanor arrests and impounded four cars.

YPD officials say they noticed community members took to social media to spread the word about the undercover officer. Most feed back was positive with some negative response, including a person who posted to “kill” the officer. One person even stood next to the undercover officer with a sign notifying drivers about the officer.

YPD says they had the idea to go undercover after they received several complaints about drivers violating traffic laws daily at Fourth Avenue intersections. Officers say they would like to remind drivers to follow driving laws and signs.

About The Author

Eduardo Santiago joined the FOX 9 and ABC 5 news team in February, 2012. That’s the same year KECY launched its very first local newscast. He has been covering local news in Yuma and the Imperial Valley since his start as a KYMA photojournalist in 2006. During his decade in broadcasting, Eduardo has covered some of the biggest stories in the Desert Southwest – from President Bush’s visit to Yuma, Ariz. to the uncovering of drug tunnels that span the US-Mexico border. One of the most memorable stories Eduardo covered was the 2010 Easter Earthquake that rocked the Imperial Valley, Mexicali, and Yuma. Eduardo, along with his news team, won an award from the Associated Press for best coverage of an ongoing story following the quake. Before he made his move to TV, Eduardo was just a kid born in East Los Angeles, where he spent his early childhood. His parents moved him to Mexicali, B.C. Mexico, where he did most of his elementary school education. He finally landed in El Centro, where he graduated from Central Union High School in 2005. Eduardo is currently a student at Imperial Valley College. You can find Eduardo hanging out in the Imperial Valley and Yuma with his family on any given weekend. His off-screen passion is playing guitar and sports.

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