Detroit police crack down on gridlock at busy intersections

It happens to many drivers approaching a yellow light -- you can't make it through because the light has quickly turned red, but your stopped vehicle is now blocking the intersection.

The Detroit Police Department is kicking off a new campaign to remind drivers that blocking an intersection is against the law.

Officials said they studied some of their heavily traveled roadways and most congested intersections to create a plan to increase traffice flow and bring safety to both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.

Now you'll find new signage around the city warning drivers not to block the intersection. Many of those intersections are located in downtown Detroit, as officials say more people are coming  to downtown for entertainment, to live and to work.

Police say blocked intersections make it difficult for emergency vehicles to get around and they can also cause gridlock. Officials said they prefer that when drivers see a yellow light, they should prepare to stop so as not be caught in the intersection.

Police say the goal is to raise awareness and not give out a ticket, nut if they have to they will -- a $175 fine.