One of the most common livability issues facing Medford residents and visitors are traffic problems. The Medford Police Department Traffic team was developed in the early 1970's. At present the team consists of 5 officers who are managed by a Sergeant.
The primary vehicle used by the traffic team is the BMW RT-1150 Police motorcycle. In 1993 the department bought its first BMW replacing the Kawasaki and Harley Davidson Police motorcycles. The team now has 3 Harley Davidson's, 2 Hondas and 1 Kawasaki. The team also has one police car that is used as a back-up and at major traffic accident scenes.
The traffic officers receive specialized training in accident investigation and reconstruction. The Medford Police Department Traffic team is also a member of the Serious/Fatal Traffic Accidents Reconstruction (S.T.A.R.) team. This is a countywide interagency accident investigation team, which responds to accidents involving serious injuries or fatalities.
The mission of the Traffic Team is to protect the public by preventing and reducing the number of traffic accidents, injuries, and fatalities. This is done through a fair, yet concentrated program of selective traffic enforcement, enforcement of all traffic laws resulting from investigation of traffic accidents and complaints, and by identifying and informing the Engineering Department of hazardous conditions existing in the City.
Five additional part-time officers are used to staff the departmentís photo enforcement program, which is used to photograph speed violators around the city. This program was implemented in 2002 and has been effective in reducing the number of speed violations. This makes our streets safer and reduces the potential for serious accidents. Statistics show that this program has reduced the numbers of speed violations by as much as 61% in certain locations throughout the city. In addition, photo enforcement is also used to document red light violations at certain intersections. Violations are captured on video and digital media, and citations are issued by mail.
For more information, contact:
Sgt. Don Lane