Traffic officers do not drive around aimlessly hoping to come across someone violating the law. Just like other crimes, we will sometimes focus our enforcement around problem areas or intersections that have an unusually high accident rate. Depending on the problem, we may implement one of the following programs:
This is perhaps one of the most well known of enforcement techniques. Radar technology can accurately measure the speed of an on-coming car. Occasionally, we will use a speed trailer (a trailer that flashes the speed to on-coming cars) to inform drivers of their speed as a sort of a warning, and no citations are issued. We often use the speed trailer when we get a complaint about speeders in a specific area to see if the area warrants a radar enforcement program. If there are a lot of speeders, we will implement a radar enforcement program on a street to break a pattern of people speeding on the street.
Sometimes, you might see something that looks like a road block ahead. Drivers must slow down and pass officers slowly so they may look inside your car to ensure seatbelt and car seat compliance, or stop if an officer suspects that a driver of a car had been consuming alcoholic beverages. DUI (Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol) and failure to wear seat belts and utilize car safety seats cause thousands of people to lose their lives each year. Further, unlicensed drivers are involved in a high number of collisions, and most of them are not insured as well. These drivers keep insurance rates high for everyone and are unsafe drivers as well. The law requires that we impound vehicles that are being driven by unlicensed drivers to protect everyone!
Have you ever noticed that more and more drivers ignore pedestrians in crosswalks because everyone seems to be in a hurry these days? We have too. So occasionally, we will have "undercover" officers pose as regular pedestrians and attempt to cross the street at a crosswalk or at an intersection, where pedestrians have the legal right-a-way. If a driver fails to stop for the pedestrian, or worst yet, makes the pedestrian stop or move back to avoid a collision, the driver is stopped and cited. So many of these cited drivers claim that they never saw the pedestrian or were on their cellular phone...both poor excuses for nearly hitting someone. If you would like any kind of special enforcement done in your neighborhood, please call (626) 744-4590 or send an email to the Police Webmaster..