"Traffic safety through enforcement, education, and engineering."
The Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement is dedicated to promoting traffic safety through the enforcement of traffic laws. Traffic Enforcement Officers perform their duties riding Harley Davidson Road King motorcycles.
Retrieve accident reports online. Charges apply.
Traffic Officers receive training in the investigation of traffic homicides and traffic crash reconstruction. Traffic Enforcement is comprised of 5 traffic officers who are responsible for the investigation of traffic crashes and the enforcement of the State of Florida Traffic Laws. In addition to enforcing traffic laws and investigating traffic crashes, the Traffic Officers perform ceremonial duties, such as parades and funeral escorts.
To file a traffic complaint report, please complete a Traffic Complaint Form.
Definition of a Traffic Crash
- The collision of one or more motor vehicles or
- The collision of a motor vehicle with another object
Procedures for Reporting a Traffic Crash
- Summon Law Enforcement (Police) to the scene.
- If you can safely do so, remove vehicles from the roadway and the flow of traffic.
- For safety reasons or if you are injured, please remain in your vehicle.
- Have your driver's license, vehicle registration, and vehicle insurance available.
- Be prepared to describe in as much detail as possible the events leading up to and during the traffic crash.
- In the event of a hit and run traffic crash, remain at the location of the crash, do not follow the vehicle, and provide the police dispatcher with the best description and direction of travel of the fleeing vehicle.
What To Do When Stopped By A Law Enforcement Officer
- When you see the blue overhead lights and/or hear the siren, remain calm, slow down and pull over in a safe location off the roadway.
- Do not exit your vehicle unless asked to do so. This is for safety reasons.
- Keep your hands on the steering wheel so the officer can see them.
- Inform the officer of any weapons in your vehicle and their location. Do not reach or point to the location.
- Avoid any sudden movements, especially toward the floorboard, rear seat, or passenger side of the vehicle.
- Comply with the Officers request to see your driver's license, proof of insurance, and vehicle registration. Florida law requires you to carry these with you.
- If your documents are out of reach, tell the officer where they are before you reach for them.
- If there are passengers in your vehicle, encourage them to remain quiet and cooperate with instructions. You, as the operator, are solely responsible for your vehicle and its occupants.
- Avoid becoming argumentative. Arguing will not change the Officer's mind. If you contest the violation, you will have an opportunity to address the matter in court.
- Answer all questions truthfully.
- The Officer may issue you a ticket. If you feel the reason is vague or unclear, politely ask the Officer for details.
- If asked to sign a citation, do so. It is not an admission of guilt. Refusal could result in an arrest.
- You have the right to politely deny a request by a Police Officer to search your car; however, if probable cause is present, the Officer has the right to search your vehicle without your consent.
Reporting Traffic Crashes After The Fact
Did you have a traffic accident and decide not to report it to the police, only to find out that your insurance company is requiring you to do so? Visit this link to complete a Driver's Self Report of Traffic Crash through the HSMV website.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety
Bicyclist and pedestrian safety is 1 of 8 emphasis areas in Florida's Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP). All pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists are reminded to practice safety while traversing Florida's roads. Per Fla statute 316.123 (2) (A) provides a penalty of $166 and 3 points on your license for failure to stop at a stop sign/stop line. Visit the Strategic Highway Safety Plan for more safety information!