Traffic Division

 

Traffic Calming


The “Traffic Calming Program” has provided the community with an avenue to take traffic related complaints. The program opens a channel of communication between the citizens of Cumberland and the Police department. In addition to calling attention to problems such as speeding and obedience to traffic controls, citizens can request to have a “Traffic Study” performed in the area. Upon receipt of a formal request for a study, the Traffic Officer will conduct an evaluation of the area. The evaluation will start with the Traffic Officer spending some time in the area. It will continue by assessing the number of accidents in the area as well as citation history. The traffic office also has equipment available to measure traffic volume and speed. After evaluating all the collected data, the Traffic office may recommend the street for Traffic Calming initiatives. These initiatives may include signage, speed bumps/tables or road design changes. The Traffic Calming program helps residents mitigate traffic problems through communication and cooperation. 

 

 

STRESS

In addition to the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program, a program called S.T.R.E.S.S. (Selective Traffic Radar Enforcement for Safer Streets) has been in use by the police department.  The program was initiated in 2003 and continues to be an important supplement to the Neighborhood Traffic Calming program. The main focus of the S.T.R.E.S.S. program is to have dedicated, four hour shifts for radar enforcement which accounts for an additional 140 - 200 hours of traffic radar enforcement each month.  Unlike the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Program that targets only a small number of areas each year, the S.T.R.E.S.S.  Program provides additional radar coverage town wide on a daily basis.  With a growing population come concerns and requests by town residents for a police presence to deter speeding vehicles.  The Traffic Safety Office is able (through S.T.R.E.S.S.) to direct patrols immediately, in response to citizen speeding complaints.   The S.T.R.E.S.S. Program has met this demand without any cost to the town, analysis reveals that the revenue offsets the costs of the program.

 

Cumberland, RI Police Department
1380 Diamond Hill Road Cumberland, Rhode Island 401.333.2500