Cell Phone Usage:
It is illegal to operate a moving vehicle while talking on a cell phone. There are, of course, exceptions. Review this FAQ to learn more.
The Traffic Unit's primary mission is to reduce traffic collisions within the Town of Truckee city limits. We accomplish this through a variety of methods and personnel. The primary method used in reducing collisions is high visibility enforcement of traffic laws by patrolling the streets of Truckee with designated traffic vehicles.
One of the primary collision factors for many accidents is speeding. All of our officers are trained to use radar, and several are trained on the Kustom Signal Pro-Laser III. The laser is an effective tool in the hands of a trained officer and it is used to slow traffic and reduce speed related collisions.
The Truckee Police Department also utilizes several Mobile Traffic Monitors ("Speed Trailers"), which are set up in different locations throughout the city. The monitors show the driver's approaching speed on a display board and also displays the posted speed. This is used primarily as a public relations tool, but it also gathers data in an on-board computer that records the speeds and times of vehicles that pass by. By analyzing this information, we can determine if we have a traffic problem that needs to be addressed.
Another aspect of our mission is to locate and arrest intoxicated drivers and reduce alcohol related collisions through enforcement and education. Checkpoints and Saturation patrols are scheduled at strategic times and locations throughout the year.
A group of officers are specially trained to investigate fatal and major injury collisions. These officers employ a Leica Total Station powered by MapScenes Pro 2008 to forensically map collision scenes. The Total Station enables precise measurements to scale and scene animation.
In addition to the various aspects of traffic enforcement, the Traffic Unit coordinates all traffic control and traffic issues in the Town of Truckee. Our efforts to reduce traffic collisions also include educating the public in newspaper articles, public service announcements, community meetings, and bicycle safety classes in schools.
If you wish to alert the Traffic Unit to a specific problem, or would like to discuss a traffic related problem, contact the police department at 550-2323 or email the traffic unit.