The Traffic Section of the Vacaville Police Department is responsible for providing exceptional traffic safety services to the community. This mission is accomplished through the use of Education, Engineering, and Enforcement. Our overall effort is to reduce the number and severity of traffic collisions and to help keep our streets safe for all motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Traffic officers see firsthand the devastation and tragedy which can result from negligent, criminal, or thoughtless acts committed behind the wheel. The men and women in law enforcement are aware that nobody likes to receive a ticket; however, the reality is that the most effective way to modify bad driving habits is through proactive enforcement.
Traffic Section officers strongly believe we can and do make a difference. We realize we probably will not win a popularity contest but studies have proven that through enforcement and education, our community roadways are safer for all of us.
The Traffic Section has seven officers assigned to handle all traffic related issues: one traffic sergeant, four motorcycle officers, and two specialized “slick top” car officers. We also have at our disposal two Dual-Purpose motorcycles for directed enforcement assignments.
The Traffic Section uses visual estimates of speed, hand-held radar, moving radar, and seven Lidar units to aggressively enforce violations.
The traffic officer’s primary responsibility is to investigate traffic collisions and to enforce traffic laws. Additionally, traffic officers may handle traffic complaints, respond to traffic hazards, assist in the coordination of special events, provide public education presentations, conduct tow truck inspections, taxi cab inspections, tow yard inspections, and supplement the patrol section by responding to, and covering on, calls for service.
The traffic officers apply for the position and are selected based on the merits of their past performance as a Police Officer. They must be extremely motivated and self-starters. All of the officers attend traffic collision schools. They start with a 40-hour basic collision course, 40-hour intermediate collision investigation course ("skid school"), 80-hour advanced investigation course, and an 80-hour reconstruction investigation course. Our traffic officers commit themselves to attending the most up-to-date training in Advanced Collision Investigation, Accident Reconstruction, DUI Investigation, and Radar Certification. We also keep current on the ever-changing laws and technological advancements relating to traffic.
In an effort to reduce violations and collisions before they occur, the traffic section continues its focus on education as part of its overall traffic safety plan. Traffic safety presentations in schools and at neighborhood meetings cover such topics as DUI, driver/bicycle/pedestrian safety, and current traffic related trends.
The traffic section utilizes radar trailers as an educational tool for motorists to monitor their speed in neighborhoods where citizens have identified speed violations. To request a radar trailer to be placed in your neighborhood call (707) 449-5282.
Car Seat Inspections
Studies show that most caregivers do not know how to properly install a car safety seat. Call (707) 449-5200 and set-up an appointment with the Car Seat Inspector to assist you in proper installation.
The traffic section assists the City Traffic Engineering Department by identifying problem areas throughout the city. This includes traffic signals, signage, parking problems, visual obstructions, and congestion.
The City of Vacaville has approximately 230 miles of public roadway and is approximately 27 square miles. Primary enforcement efforts are directed in areas of the City where the majority of collisions occur. This has a greater positive impact on the overall safety of our roadways. Traffic complaints are handled through directed enforcement by our Traffic Section and Patrol officers.
There are 23 schools within Vacaville city limits. Common complaints around school include illegal U-turns, double-parking, and fire-lane violations.
Vacaville Serious Traffic Offender Program (V-S.T.O.P) is dedicated to reducing the number of unlicensed and suspended drivers operating on our roadways. This is a “No Tolerance” program with respect to issuing citations to unlicensed and suspended drivers, and impounding their vehicles. To report a person driving on a suspended license or unlicensed driver please call (707) 449-5282. You may remain anonymous. Please provide the address, vehicle description, driver's name, and age when known. Please provide the time the driver leaves for work, or school so we have the best opportunity to meet with him/her.
The Traffic Section conducts random DUI/Driver's License checkpoints throughout the year. The checkpoints are funded in part by the California Office of Traffic Safety. The checkpoints are intended to remove impaired drivers from the roadway.
We also participate in the county-wide “Avoid the 10” program. This program is a cooperative effort with other Solano law enforcement agencies, working together to enforce Driving Under the Influence (DUI) related laws. This is accomplished through the use of DUI/Driver's License checkpoints and saturation patrols.
Top Ten Collision Causes
- Unsafe speed
- Unsafe turns
- Improper turning movement
- Stop signs
- Failure to yield to right of way when entering roadway
- Improper driving
- Pedestrian failure to yield to a vehicle
- Bicycle opposing traffic
- Other improper driving
For more information contact the Traffic Section at (707) 449-5282. The Traffic Section Office is located at 660 Merchant Street, Vacaville CA 95688.