Seattle could start issuing tickets for cars that block busy intersections

Seattle drivers who clog the city’s busiest intersections could be issued a traffic ticket for $136 for obstructing traffic at a signal. There are at least five crossings where city staff have recorded more than 130 violations a day — led by nearly 240 cars “blocking the box” where the new Mercer Street Corridor meets I-5. 

Blocked crosswalks and intersections are an everyday irritation. Drivers who stop for pedestrians are often honked at and are given angry gestures from drivers waiting behind them, while in front of them pedestrians are trying to cross Mercer as quickly and safely as possible. 

Mass citations will begin in October, following a publicity campaign and sign postings in August and September.

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