July 23, 2013 12:04 PM
It is the goal of the Burbank Police Department to reduce the number of traffic collisions in 2013. To that end, the Burbank Police Department has initiated a traffic collision reduction plan. The objective is to combine enforcement efforts with education to make motorists aware of some of the most common causes of traffic collisions, and thereby reduce the number of collisions.
Officers will be conducting directed patrols in the areas of high traffic collision occurrences. Officers will be watching for motorists who commit violations that could contribute to the likelihood of a traffic collision. These offenses include, but are not limited to: excessive speed, improper lane usage, failing to signal, disobey red light/traffic control devices, following too closely, distracted driving, and defective equipment.
This will not be a ticket writing campaign. It is anticipated that the number of violations normally written will remain the same. Instead, officers will use these traffic stops as an opportunity to educate the motoring public. Information may be provided to drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians in an attempt to prevent their involvement in a traffic collision. Violations will be issued in cases where the officer feels it is appropriate.
We hope that by working together with the community, we can better educate our drivers on how to stay safe. By reducing the number of traffic collisions, the City of Burbank will be a safer place to drive for our residents, visitors, and business patrons.
How to prevent being in a collision:
1. Always drive according to road conditions. Wet or snow covered roads may be slippery and can contribute to traffic crashes.
2. Slow Down! Always obey the speed limit.
3. Don't tailgate! Leave plenty of room between you and the vehicle in front of you.
4. Always wear your seat belt.
5. Never drink and drive.
6. Intersections may be dangerous. Slow down, stop when necessary, look in all directions and proceed carefully.
7. Be aware of blind spots when changing lanes. Always use your turn signals.
8. Avoid distractions; (texting, cell phone use, or drinking while driving.)
9. Keep your vehicle in good mechanical shape. Make sure your tires, brakes, turn signals, lights and wipers are working properly.
For additional information, please contact the Burbank Police Traffic Bureau at