Speed humps and speed bumps are vertical obstacles in the road extending across a travel way to slow vehicle speeds. They are made of asphalt, concrete, plastic, rubber, or metal. The Town does not recommend installing speed humps or bumps on publicly maintained roads due to their lack of effectiveness, impediment to snow removal operations, and installation and maintenance costs.
Information provided by neighboring jurisdictions has shown that speed humps have not been effective at significantly reducing vehicle speeds, reducing speeds by only 1 or 2 mph and in some cases resulting in higher speeds.
Additional issues with speed humps include:
- Interference with emergency vehicle response times.
- Increased traffic noise levels from engines revving over the speed humps.
- Increased acceleration between the speed humps.
- Increase in vehicle exhaust emissions from acceleration after going over speed humps.
Operating speeds are based on the visual scene and characteristics of the roadway more than by the posted speed limit. As a result, changes in the posted speed limit have little to no effect on vehicle speeds. A nationwide study collected speed data from 100 sites across 22 states where posted speed limits were either raised or lowered by increments of 5 mph. Review of the before and after speed data revealed that changes in speed were generally 2 miles per hour. Changing the posted speed limit did not have a significant effect on modifying driver behavior.
All roads in Truckee are categorized as local roads per the California Vehicle Code definition. The speed limit is set at 25 MPH (Town Municipal Code 10.05.020 Town Prima Facie Speed) for most roads in Truckee unless a higher speed limit is determined to be appropriate. Under this circumstance, the Town typically establishes speed limits based on the 85th percentile speeds which is the speed that 85 percent of vehicles are traveling at or below. The 85th percentile speed is used because it reflects a collective judgment of the vast majority of drivers as to a reasonable speed for given roadway conditions. Considerations are also made with regard to infrastructure and traffic conditions, such as: roadway pavement widths, shoulder widths, curves, driveway density, potential for and volume of bicycle and pedestrian traffic, and collision rates. Lowering a speed limit below the 85th percentile speed does not necessarily improve safety or result in voluntary motorist compliance.
Set the pace! Drive at or below the speed limit and observe all rules of the road.
Report speeding incidents to the Truckee Police Department. If you notice vehicles speed at a particular time of day, or day of the week, provide that information. You may make a request for additional enforcement.
Lead by example! Drive the speed limit and follow all driving rules.
Speed feedback signs remind drivers of the speed at which they are traveling in relation to the posted speed limit. However, local observations show that drivers pay more attention to them when they are newly placed and tend to disregard them over time.
The Town Council adopted the Radar Speed Sign Policy in 2013, available on the Town of Truckee website here: Radar Speed Sign Policy. The policy identifies a limited number of locations for permanent radar speed feedback signs to be considered for installation if certain requirements are met.The Truckee Police Department has a temporary radar speed feedback sign that is kept in continuous rotation in various areas throughout Town as weather permits.
- In general, the Town has a policy to limit the amount of signage throughout town to minimize sign pollution and maintain small town character. When deciding whether or not to place a new sign we consider several factors including legal and technical appropriateness, likely effectiveness of the requested signage to change driver behavior, maintenance of a consistent approach throughout the community, and effective use of public resources. Studies have suggested speed limit signs do not significantly modify driver behavior, and drivers tend to disregard signs in the long term. Per California regulations, stop signs should be used for traffic control at intersections and not for regulating speeds.
- Crosswalks may be located at signalized and unsignalized intersections or at mid-block locations. Crossings at intersections with higher levels of pedestrian traffic are more likely to be marked with a crosswalk, whereas intersections with lower levels of pedestrian traffic are less likely to be marked. In addition, mid-block crosswalks are not recommended unless accompanied with physical features (such as a center island). When determining where a crosswalk should be located and how it should be marked, several roadway and pedestrian characteristics are examined such as: the speed limit of the roadway, traffic volumes, number of travel lanes, road width, presence of center islands, pedestrian traffic volumes, pedestrian behaviors, visual clearance, and collision data. Efforts are made to mark crossings at convenient and safe locations. However, pedestrians should always remain “heads up” when using crosswalks as markings and signs do not protect against inattentive drivers.
- Eligibility to attend traffic school is handled by the Traffic Court. For further information please call the court at (530) 582-7834 or click here for their website.
- To obtain a copy of a traffic report, you can come to the Records Division at 10183 Truckee Airport Road Truckee, CA Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM and request a copy.
See the Records Division page for further information
It is the policy of the Truckee Police Department to complete a traffic collision report under the following circumstances:
• The traffic collision occurred within the Town of Truckee limits.
• A person involved in the traffic collision has been injured (complaint of pain is considered injury) or dies.
• One of the drivers is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
• One of the drivers has fled the location without stopping to exchange information or check on the welfare of the other parties involved.
• Town property is involved (Town vehicle, light post, signal post, etc.)
If any of the above conditions are met at the scene of a traffic collision, the Truckee Police Department should be notified in one of the following manners: 9-1-1 (in case of an emergency).
If it's not an emergency, use the dispatch telephone number (530) 550-2320.
In addition to filing a traffic collision report with the Truckee Police Department, it may also be necessary to file Department of Motor Vehicles Form SR-1A: www.dmv.ca.gov/forms/formsaccident
Visit the Department of Motor Vehicles web page for more information on state reporting requirement for traffic collisions: www.dmv.ca.gov
If the traffic collision was property damage only and none of the special conditions mentioned above exists, you may file a “Counter Report” at the lobby of the Truckee Police Department located at 10183 Truckee Airport Rd Truckee, CA Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM. The report should be made as soon as possible. The person reporting the collision needs to bring along the following information:
• The time and location (street address/cross streets) where the collision occurred.
• The license plate number of the vehicle he or she was driving when they were involved in the traffic collision.
• Driver’s license
• Insurance information (name of the insurance company and their policy number).
• The names, addresses, and phone numbers of all passengers in their vehicle
• If known, the license plate numbers, names, addresses, and phone numbers of all other involved drivers and passengers.
- Call the Police Department's non-emergency number at (530) 550-2320, and an officer will be dispatched.
If the person who reported the illegally parked vehicle lives at the location, goes out to meet the officer, and explains to them that he or she lives at the location and cannot leave the driveway due to its being blocked, the officer can impound the vehicle.
- To report an abandoned vehicle on the public street, call the Town of Truckee Vehicle Abatement Division at (530) 582-7830.
- You can call the non-emergency dispatch number at (530) 550-2320, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to find out. Give your vehicle license plate number to the dispatcher.
They will run a status check on your vehicle and let you know if it has been impounded.
- If a vehicle was impounded for 30 days because the driver had no license or had a suspended license, a hearing can be requested by calling (530) 550-2323 or by coming down to the Truckee Police Department.
No hearing is required if the 30-day impound period has lapsed. The registered owner or their authorized agent can claim a stored/impounded vehicle by coming to lobby of the Police Department, presenting proper identification, and paying a $158.00 administrative fee for a release form to take to the tow yard. (This fee is waived if the vehicle was stolen or if the driver was hospitalized in an accident.) The person obtaining the release must have a valid driver's license or be accompanied by someone who does. The vehicle must have current registration or have a temporary operating permit before it can be released.
If a vehicle was impounded for evidence, the owner may obtain a release once the Police Department has completed its investigation. Call the Police Dept at (530) 550-2323 to determine who the investigating officer is and discuss the release with him/her.
- A person can contest a parking violation by coming into the lobby of Police Department to fill out an appeal form. Hours are: Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are closed legal holidays and weekends.
You may also click here to download the parking appeal form.
You have 21 days from the parking citation issue date to file an appeal (or 14 days from the date a delinquent notice is mailed.)
If you do not do it within the allotted time frame, you forfeit all rights to challenge the citation. You may mail, deliver or fax your request to: Truckee Police Dept. Records Division 10183 Truckee Airport Rd. Truckee, CA 96161 Fax: (530) 582-7771.
- If you become the victim of identity theft, it is important to act immediately to stop the thief’s further use of your identity.
Immediately contact all your credit card issuers. Get replacement cards with new account numbers. Ask that the old accounts be processed as "account closed at consumer’s request." (This is better than "card lost or stolen," because when this statement is reported to credit bureaus, it can be interpreted as blaming you for the loss.)
1. Call the fraud units of the three credit reporting companies: TRW, Equifax, and Trans Union. Report the theft of your credit cards and/or numbers. Ask that your accounts be flagged. Also, add a victim's statement to your report such as, "My ID has been used to apply for credit fraudulently. Contact me at XXX-XXX-XXXX (your phone number) to verify all applications."
2. Notify your bank(s) of the theft. Cancel your checking and savings accounts and obtain new account numbers. Ask the bank to issue you a secret password that must be used in every transaction. Put stop payments on any outstanding checks that you are unsure of.
3. If you use the ATM card for banking services, get a new card, account number, and password. Do not use your old password. When creating a password, avoid such commonly used numbers as the last four digits of your Social Security number and your birth date.
4. If you have had checks stolen or bank accounts set up fraudulently, report it to Telecheck and National Processing Company (NPC). These check guarantee companies will flag your file so that bogus checks will be turned down. Call Telecheck at 800-366-2425. Call NPC at 800-526-5380.
5. Call your telephone, electrical, gas and water utilities. Alert them to the possibility that someone may attempt to open new service using your identification. Also contact your long distance company.
6. The nearest office of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service might be able to help you remove fraudulent claims from your credit report. Call 800-388-2227.
7. In dealing with the authorities and financial institutions, keep a log of all conversations, including dates and names. Send correspondence by certified mail. Keep copies of all letters and documents. Provide your police report number to expedite reporting the crime.
8. Consider seeking legal counsel, especially if you have difficulty clearing up your credit history, or your case is complex and involves a lot of money. An attorney can help you recover from the fraud and determine whether your rights under various credit banking, SSN, and other laws have been violated.
Credit Reporting Bureaus
Copy of Report: P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0241
Dispute Report: P.O. Box 740256
Atlanta, Georgia 30374-0256
Order Credit Report: 800-685-1111
Opt Out of Marketing Lists: 800-219-1251
Report Fraud: 800-525-6285
Copy of Report: P.O. Box 7000
North Olmstead, OH 44070
Dispute Report: P.O. Box 403
Springfield, PA 19064
Order Credit Report: 800-851-2674
Opt Out of Marketing Lists: 800-241-2858
Report Fraud: 800-680-7289
Copy of Report:
Dispute Report: Experian National Consumer Assistance Center
P.O. Box 2104
Allen, TX 75013-2104
Order Credit Report: 888-397-3742
Opt Out of Marketing Lists: 800-353-0809
- If it is necessary for someone else to pick up your property, the police department must receive a notarized letter of authorization from you, along with the proper ID.
- A valid driver’s license or state ID card, military ID or passport.
- If your firearms were taken as safekeeping you can obtain a California Department of Justice Law Enforcement Gun Release Application from the police department or by visiting the California Department of Justice website. The Department of Justice will give authorization to the police department to release your weapons.
- All evidence that is held in which a person was arrested or cited, the police department must receive a District Attorney confirmation that the case is closed on all defendants. In some cases the property may not be released immediately due to pending further investigations or appeals.
- Owners may pick up their property after calling and making an appointment. If the property is not picked up within 60 days the unclaimed items will be given to a charitable organization, or be disposed.
- If your property has been lost or stolen you should file a report by calling (530) 550-2320. If you have a record of the serial number on the item or an owner applied number give this to the officer.
- The Property and Evidence Division is responsible for the receipt, documentation, storage and tracking of all police evidence, found property and safekeeping property. Hours of operation are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Appointments are necessary to pick up property and evidence.
If you have lost property and are inquiring if it was turned into the police department call (530) 550-2338. The police department is located at Town Hall at 10183 Truckee Airport Rd. Truckee, CA 96161
- The money from traffic fines is collected by the court, forwarded to the county, and then divided among various state, county and city agencies according to a complex formula under state law.
If your case does not require a mandatory court appearance, you may send the payment indicated on your courtesy notice in full by personal check, cashier's check or money order.
Credit cards are not accepted at this time.
The court should send you a courtesy notice within three weeks from the issue date stating the bail or fine amount for the violation(s). This notice will also provide information for paying the fine or contesting the violation(s). If you haven't received the courtesy notice within three weeks of receiving your ticket, call the Traffic Court at (530) 582-7835. It is your responsibility to contact the Traffic Court within 21 days of the ticket date if you do not receive a courtesy notice.
IMPORTANT: When you signed the ticket, also known as a Notice to Appear, you promised to appear in court on the date and time listed on the citation. Failing to do so could result in additional charges (California Vehicle Code 40508). A courtesy notice is just that, a courtesy. If you do not receive a courtesy notice from the court it does not absolve you of your requirement to appear in court.
- The Department of Public Works – (530) 582-7707.
- Please see the Town of Truckee's snow removal webpage. The department of Public Works may also be reached at (530) 582-7707.