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Traffic Division

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
  • School Zone Traffic Laws

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 programNeighborhood 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.

Click It Or Ticket (CIOT)
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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.

For more information please  visit California Office of Traffic Safety.

traffic message board - CopyMessage Boards
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. 
Commercial Checkpointscommercial vehicle inspection
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.
If you would like any type of special enforcement enforced in your neighborhood, please contact Lieutenant Mike Castro at (626) 574-5150 or send him an email.

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!

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.  
Published: July 27, 2021