22.00.010     TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT      (CALEA 61.4.4)


It is this Department's policy to enforce violations of traffic laws in a fair and impartial manner.  In addition, it is Department policy to educate the public regarding traffic regulations through programs aimed at identifying specific problems, compiling and  publishing traffic accident and injury statistics, and by giving notices and warnings of changes in traffic regulations prior to taking enforcement action.


To assist in the practice of public education, in the area of changing traffic laws, the Department makes available informational pamphlets on various traffic safety topics.  Additionally the PIO will release updated information to the community, via the media, as changes to traffic laws arise.


Officers will take appropriate enforcement action for violations of traffic laws observed, or reported to them.  Officers should be aware that for many violators, traffic law enforcement is an emotionally traumatic experience and in many cases, is the only contact a person has with the Department.


Standardized and consistent enforcement action develops public confidence in traffic enforcement.  Officers are expected to use good judgment and to ensure that enforcement actions are commensurate with applicable laws and regulations giving consideration to the degree and severity of the violation committed and the guidelines in this policy.


The enforcement policies do not supplant officer judgment.  It is impossible to foresee every situation involving traffic violations.  In unusual circumstances, officers should decide what enforcement action is proper based upon the advice of their supervisor, and a combination of training, experience and common sense.