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May 28, 2014 | The Portland Police Bureau's Traffic Division says it is looking at ways to crack down on gridlock-causing drivers "blocking the box" during rush hour in the central city.

When drivers creep into an intersection on a green or yellow light, and get stuck there when the light turns red, it prevents cross traffic from proceeding. Of course, until this week, the practice didn't seem to be a nuisance worth the police bureau's attention.

In fact, just last summer, Southwest Portland resident Alan Grinnell emailed Portland's transportation commissioner, Steve Novick, with what he considered a simple way to ease downtown's rush-hour congestion.

Grinnell encouraged Novick to direct the Portland Police Bureau to start ticketing drivers who block the box.

He noted that New York City, Seattle and Washington, D.C., regularly target the READ FULL ARTICLE