The Arcadia Police Department Traffic Bureau cares about your safety. We are committed to increasing driver awareness, protecting the safety of our children when they arrive and depart from school, and making our streets safer and more pedestrian-friendly.
This page will provide you with more information on the following topics:
● Specialized Traffic Enforcement Programs
● Video Traffic Enforcement
● School Zone Traffic Laws
SPECIALIZED TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAMS
During the course of a traffic officer's work day, only a minimal amount of time is spent simply driving around "looking for violations." The majority of the patrol time is spent at locations where traffic complaints have been received, near intersections or on streets where accident rates are high, or on conducting other directed enforcement. The Arcadia Police Department continues to review techniques and programs with regard to traffic concerns and may utilize one or more of the following programs in response to traffic concerns:
Neighborhood Speed Watch Program
Speeding on neighborhood streets is one of the most common complaints received by the Police Department. Speed limits are established for the safety of residents and motorists, and speeding on the roadways is a leading cause of collisions. The Arcadia Police Department has enacted the Neighborhood Speed Watch Program. The program is designed to involve you as a citizen in the process of making your neighborhood and community safer. The goal of the Neighborhood Speed Watch Program is to reduce speeding on neighborhood streets and to increase citizen awareness of the risks of speeding to pedestrians and other vehicles. Volunteers from neighborhoods identify speeding problems, monitor them and work toward their resolution in a partnership with the Police Department.
The Police Department loans neighborhood residents a radar unit, for up to one week, free of charge. Any community resident may reserve the radar unit to monitor the speed of traffic traveling in their neighborhood. A supply of forms to record information is also provided. Resident volunteers will be briefed on what is expected of them, how to use the radar equipment and how to properly collect data. You will be asked to sign a Rules of Conduct Agreement and a Radar Unit Loan and Usage Agreement prior to obtaining the equipment.
Two people are needed: One to monitor speed, read out license plate numbers and descriptions of the cars, and the second to fill out the paperwork. At no time will these citizens follow, chase down or confront a motorist.
The forms are completed and provided to the Police Department for review. The Police Department will then send an advisory letter to the registered owner of vehicles logged in excess of a given safe speed. The letter will explain that their vehicle was observed speeding in the area and we will encourage drivers to drive in a safe and cautious manner.
If a pattern of speeding is established, the Police Department may also employ other means of education and enforcement such as use of a speed radar trailer, message boards, deterrent vehicles and/or aggressive enforcement. Identified problem areas will also be presented to the City Traffic Advisory Committee for review and consideration of alternative engineering methods.
Pace Car Program
In addition to Speed Watch, we are also introducing the Pace Car Program. The Pace Car Program is an innovative, new, citizen-based effort offered by the Arcadia Police Department that is designed to calm traffic on Arcadia streets. The program is modeled after similar programs that have been successfully implemented in other US cities. By signing the Pace Car Pledge and displaying the Pace Car window/bumper sticker, Arcadia citizens set the pace for safer Arcadia streets. Citizens who take the pledge are asked to display a Pace Car sticker on the rear of their vehicle to let other motorists know that they are a Pace Car and to "Follow Me...Slow The Speed." Since Pace Car participants follow speed limits, vehicles driving behind a Pace Car must also obey the speed limit. If enough Arcadia citizens take the pledge and become Pace Cars, then speeding motorists are slowed and Arcadia becomes a safer community. The Arcadia Police Department encourages all citizens to become Pace Cars! It is everyone’s responsibility to drive safely, obey all traffic laws and help keep our streets safe.
For further information on the Neighborhood Speed Watch or Pace Car programs, please contact the APD Traffic Bureau at (626) 574-5475.
Click It Or Ticket (CIOT)
It only takes two seconds to buckle up. Two seconds! And those two seconds could literally save your life. They will also keep you from getting a ticket and a fine. Police departments throughout California will be looking for drivers and passengers who don’t buckle up during the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign. And that includes passengers in the back seat. “Click It or Ticket” debuted in California in 2005, and since then over one million more vehicle occupants have started buckling up. The fine for a seat belt violation costs between $80 and $91 depending on the county and up to $350 for not properly restraining a child under 16. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket. So when you pack up the family, or even just yourself, please do so safely. Don’t put your own life at risk, or the life of your family or friends. Buckle up. “Click It or Ticket” is a cooperative effort among the five traffic safety-related departments under the state’s Business, Transportation and Housing Agency: the California Highway Patrol, Office of Traffic Safety, Department of Transportation, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The 2008 CIOT campaign runs from May 12 through June 1. For more information please visit California Office of Traffic Safety.
This is perhaps one of the most well known of enforcement techniques and radar technology can accurately measure the speed of a moving vehicle. 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 that street.
Informing drivers of speed limits and complaint areas can be done by use of portable message boards. This technique is used in conjunction with the speed trailer and is very useful in increasing driver awareness. Drivers become relaxed in areas that they are familiar with and sometimes delivering a reminder to them to "slow down" is helpful in resolving speed complaints. Message boards are also used to deliver information regarding road closures, upcoming activity, or bringing attention to other problems such as failing to yield to pedestrians and other special enforcement being conducted.
DUI, Seatbelt, Car Seat, or Driver's License Checkpoints
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.
A tool to combat poorly maintained commercial vehicles is the use of safety inspection lanes or commercial checkpoints. This type of checkpoint is usually conducted in cooperation with the California Highway Patrol and targets commercial traffic through town. Unsafe, poorly equipped and overweight vehicles are inspected and if violations are found, the driver may be cited and the vehicle impounded. This helps in improving driver safety and keeping some of those rocks from breaking your windshield.
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 type of special enforcement enforced in your neighborhood, please contact Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo at (626) 574-5150 or send him an email.
VIDEO TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT [VLC Video]
It is our goal to minimize the danger to our children when arriving and departing from school. One child injured or killed is one too many. Working together will help us accomplish our objective.
At least twice daily, several hundred automobiles converge on each of our City schools to deliver and pick up students. Severe traffic congestion from illegally stopped vehicles and other violations place our children in an unsafe environment. Most of our schools have designated “Loading Zone” areas. These areas are intended to allow you to pull over and let your child safely exit and enter your vehicle. These areas do not allow for you to wait in your vehicle. If your child is not ready to be picked up, you must park in an area which is safe and not restricted.
The Arcadia Police Department has begun using video cameras to record vehicular violations as they occur. Citations will be issued and mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle. Increased compliance with these types of traffic laws will significantly improve the safety of our children.
Here are a few things to remember:
DO NOT double-park
DO NOT drop off or pick up a passenger while stopped in traffic
DO NOT stop in red or no parking zones
DO NOT be part of the problem
DO drive safely!
DO be part of the solution!
SCHOOL ZONE TRAFFIC LAWS
It is important to become knowledgeable about school zone traffic safety laws to help protect the safety of children. View a handout on School Zone Traffic Laws.