The Bloomfield Township Police Department's Traffic Investigations Unit is dedicated to traffic enforcement. Because the Unit's primary assignment responsibility is traffic enforcement, traffic officers shoulder the fundamental duty of pro-active enforcement through violation issuance. Using their training and experience as well as sophisticated equipment, these officers analyze traffic patterns and enforce the traffic laws to prevent traffic problems and accidents. The Radar Trailer, a mobile speed monitor, is a valuable tool for driver education in subdivisions and in areas where it has been demonstrated that speeding vehicles are a concern. The radar trailer's computer also compiles traffic statistics and tabulations used to identify specific traffic issues.
Officers appointed to the Traffic Investigations Unit prepare for the assignment by attending Michigan State University's rigorous Accident Investigation Program, which includes instruction in physics and engineering. This training prepares the accident investigator to collect physical evidence and data, evaluate the roadway and accident scene, calculate speeds synthesized from vehicle damage and other accident scene measurements, and ultimately reconstruct the accident. Some officers have attained the prestigious status of Accident Reconstructionist. To aid in traffic reconstruction, traffic officers also use the latest technology, such as the Vericom 2000-brake test, speed-measuring computer, and damage crush measuring gauges.
The Oakland County Road Commission will be introducing new traffic lights that will make intersections safer and reduce traffic delays. However, drivers must know how to properly use them! Please click on the links below to learn more. Remember, as a motorist you are responsible to observe all traffic laws.
For additional information about these new traffic lights, visit the projects website.
Motor Carrier Enforcement
To prevent serious road damage caused by overweight trucks, the Bloomfield Township Police Department has trained several officers in Motor Carrier Enforcement. These officers are responsible for the enforcement of many complex laws pertaining to commercial motor vehicles (any vehicle with a gross weight over 10,000 lbs.). They investigate and verify that commercial drivers are properly qualified to drive a particular vehicle. The officers are also responsible for inspecting commercial motor vehicles to make sure that they are in compliance with the laws and that they are safe to be on the roadway with other motorists. Motor Carrier Officers are trained and certified in weight enforcement and are equipped to weigh trucks on portable scales. If trucks are over the weight limits, causing damage to Township roads, the officers fine the offenders.
Traffic Tickets: FAQ
1. How can you
get me on radar when you were going in the other direction?
2. I want to
contest my traffic citation. What do I need to do?
3. Do I get
points on my driving record for traffic tickets?
4. Will the
Secretary of State take away my license because of tickets?
5. Will the
traffic ticket affect my insurance rates?
traffic tickets/violations are 'waivable'?
Drivers involved in automobile accidents should telephone the local police department to report the accident. Unless there are injuries or a circumstance that merits immediate police response, drivers or passengers need not dial 911. Because Bloomfield township police officers respond to all accidents, regardless of how minor, it is generally recommended that the vehicles not be moved from the scene unless absolutely necessary. Drivers may wish to drive to the police department to report their accident in person, but only if both parties agree as to the facts and circumstances of the accident.
Reporting Accidents: FAQ
1. Why do both
drivers have to be present with their vehicles to make an
2. If I am
involved in a minor traffic accident and the other driver
suggests that we exchange information now and report the
accident to the police later, what should I do?
3. I didn't
receive a ticket, so why does my insurance company say I have
points for my accident?