The Traffic Unit consists of two motor officers, a traffic enforcment officer and four civilian parking enforcement officers. A Traffic Sergeant manages the Traffic Unit, which consists of two Motor Officers, one Traffic Officer, one Reserve Motor Officer and five Parking Control Officers.
The primary role of the Traffic Unit is to improve traffic safety throughout the community. As a means to accomplish this goal, the Traffic Unit applies for and receives yearly Traffic Grants from the California Office of Traffic Safety. The Grants allow the Montebello Traffic Officers to conduct Seatbelt Enforcement and Pedestrian Decoy Operations and DUI / Driver License checkpoints. Eight such DUI/Driver License checkpoints are scheduled for 2007.
The Traffic Unit also conducts safety presentations at local schools and to various community groups. The focus of these presentations relates to issues of traffic and pedestrian safety. The Unit also has a special radar trailer displaying motorist’s speed throughout the community for special enforcement.
In addition, the Traffic Unit is tasked with the responsibility of investigating all major and fatal injury traffic collisions that occur within Montebello. It also handles follow-up investigations on all Hit and Run traffic accidents.
Finally, the Traffic Unit manages a fairly new City traffic enforcement program, which is the “Automated Red Light Camera” program. This program monitors and takes pictures of violators running red lights at various intersections throughout the community.