The Records Department is open to the public 8:00am-4:30pm Mon/Wed/Fri and 1:30pm-4:30pm Tues/Thurs.    

Traffic Unit

Two traffic units provide for the safe and efficient movement of pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the Township. Traffic units investigate accidents and identify accident causing violations; they provide speed enforcement on Township streets including residential neighborhoods, enforce motor carrier regulations and reconstruct serious injury or fatal accidents. The unit also focuses on seatbelt violations and concentrates their efforts in the fight against drunk drivers. In addition, regular patrol units also provide traffic enforcement. The unit also resolves neighborhood traffic complaints and problems as well as community education programs. They are also responsible with deploying the departments speed enforcement trailer to problem areas in the Township.


TRAFFIC ISSUES 2008 2007 CHANGE FROM 07
Injury accidents 281 294 -4%
Property damage accidents 1,379 1,493 -8%
Accidents per mile of state roadway 16.87 17.1 -1%
Drunk driving arrests 255 219 16%
Tickets issued 3,389 4,817 -30%
Fatal accidents investigated 6 6 0%
Number of fatalities 8 6 33%
Fatal/serious injury accidents reconstructed 12 12 0%

Traffic Radar
54 Radar trailer enforcement sites
  • 138 Days of enforcement
  • 2,224 Hours of enforcement
  • 96,807 Vehicles monitored

The radar trailer was purchased in July of 2007 and has proven to be a deterrent for speeders on our neighborhood streets and secondary roads.



CRASH DATA


TOP CRASH INTERSECTIONS IN 2008
  • 21 Mile Road and Gratiot – 37 crashes
  • 23 Mile Road and Gratiot - 29 crashes

TOP "ROAD SEGMENTS" CRASHES IN 2008
  • 23 Mile Road between I-94 Ramp and Bay Winds – 37 crashes (.346 miles)
  • Gratiot between Rose Street and 21 Mile – 31 crashes (.127 of a mile)

TOP CRASH HOURS OF THE DAY IN 2008
  • 3pm and 4pm – 107 crashes
  • 4pm and 5pm – 97 crashes
  • 5pm and 6pm – 97 crashes

TOP MONTHS FOR CRASHES IN 2008
  • December - 145 crashes
  • June – 130 crashes
  • October - 109 crashes

The Traffic Bureau is still very busy today. It is organized the same way it was in 1999. The Traffic Bureau investigates traffic crashes, provides speed enforcement in residential neighborhoods, identify crash causing violations and target them for enforcement, and supervise school crossing guards. The officers use semi-marked police cars equipped with laptop computers, front/rear facing radar units, hand held laser units, and video camera systems. The Traffic Bureau has been using a mobile radar based speed measuring trailer since 2007. The trailer is an excellent tool for slowing down and studying traffic primarily in our neighborhoods. A schedule for the placement of the trailer is developed through known problem areas and resident’s complaints. The Traffic Bureau is very active throughout the township.


The Traffic Bureau is aggressive in targeting problem areas through out the township. If a resident is suffering with speeding motorists in their neighborhood they can request the radar trailer for their neighborhood by completing the following internet application. Please be as detailed as possible. Providing accurate target location, dates, and times will help with the proper positioning of the trailer. The trailer will be scheduled for the location and a traffic study will be completed. If the radar trailer doesn’t deter the speeding a traffic officer will be directed and violators will be cited.


Special Circumstance Accidents 2008 2007 % Change
Daylight 770 818 -6%
Dawn 16 24 -33%
Dusk 30 38 -21%
Dark – Lighted 55 51 8%
Dark – Unlighted 280 251 12%
Fog 7 2 250%
Raining 108 103 5%
Snow/Blowing Snow 110 55 100%
Sleet/Hail 7 7 0%
Car – Deer 50 38 32%
Accidents involving a school bus 7 2 250%
Hit and run accidents 97 113 -14%
Accidents while fleeing Police 1 1 0%
Accidents involving alcohol/drugs 47 45 4%
Percentages rounded to the nearest whole percent


SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT


Under a federal grant the Chesterfield Township Police Department on select dates throughout 2008 monitored traffic for seat belt usage and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Following was the results of the special enforcement effort;


CATEGORY SEAT BELT OWI ENFORCEMENT
Number of dates 20 13
Total hours worked 392 64
Seat belt violations 471 0
Number of vehicles stopped 583 94
Fugitives apprehended 4 0
Operating while intoxicated 0 10
Suspended license 0 7
Other traffic violations 33 40