Dearborn, Mich. – A new unit in the city’s police department will be responsible for enforcement in hazardous traffic violations. The Traffic Safety Unit is meant to shift enforcement priorities to address traffic violations as a risk to public health and safety.
“Our residents have spoken out consistently and clearly about how road safety concerns impact their lives,” said Mayor Abdullah Hammoud. “This new unit is one piece of a broader strategy to align our public safety goals with those concerns.”
Road safety hazards are a serious concern for Dearborn residents. Just last year, a six-year-old girl was killed in a hit-and-run accident. Mayor Hammoud’s campaign promised a holistic approach to traffic-calming that included infrastructure and enforcement changes.
“As a department, we’re going to align our enforcement priorities with the issues residents care about,” said Dearborn Police Chief Issa Shahin. “This unit is about our responsibility to the many families who’ve spoken out about hazardous driving and road safety in their neighborhoods.”
All officers in the new Traffic Safety Unit are trained with the latest technology for traffic enforcement that includes radar and laser devices for tracking the speed of drivers. Even with these departmental updates, the Dearborn Police Department is still looking to expand its traffic-enforcement.
“The Dearborn Police Department is also working to acquire more traffic enforcement equipment and expand training opportunities to everyone in the police department,” said Dan Bartok, Corporal for the Dearborn Police Department.
The Traffic Safety Unit was announced on Feb. 9, with a video linked below that provides more details about the unit. Dearborn Police Department invites residents to call the department’s non-emergency line at 313-943-3030 for any traffic safety issues in Dearborn.