The goal of the Traffic Unit is to improve the safety of the roadways inside the City of Midlothian for our citizens and visitors. We focus on reducing the number of crashes that occur within the City of Midlothian through education and by enforcing traffic laws with an emphasis on contributing factors in traffic accidents.
The Traffic Unit is made up of eight (8) officers and one (1) sergeant. All members of the unit are trained in various advanced accident investigative techniques and are part of a team that investigates fatality and other serious accidents that occur inside the City of Midlothian.
The officers are divided up into several units; each with its own specific goals and functions:
Two (2) officers tasked primarily with traffic enforcement, with particular attention devoted to hazardous violations. Their main focus areas are the various highways and local roads throughout Midlothian and other high-accident locations. The motorcycle platform allows for more discrete deployment and targeted enforcement in challenging geographical environments. They also maintain a heavy presence in school zones.
Four (4) officers tasked primarily with traffic enforcement, with particular attention devoted to hazardous violations. Their main focus areas are the various highways and local roads throughout Midlothian and other high-accident locations. They also maintain a heavy presence in school zones.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ENFORCEMENT (CVE)
Two (2) officers whose primary focus is Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement. Our officers are certified through the Texas Department of Public Safety. They conduct inspections of commercial vehicles to ensure they are operated safely on the City’s highways and local roadways. These officers have gone through extensive training at the DPS academy in Austin, TX, and are authorized to enforce the local and federal safety regulations that apply to these vehicles. These officers are also available to provide training on vehicle safety to employees of local trucking companies.
How to Report a Traffic Complaint
To report an ongoing traffic issue or request specific increased enforcement, email or call Traffic Sgt. James Jordan.
There are several ways that we handle and evaluate traffic complaints. We conduct speed evaluations through various methods including utilizing a portable radar trailer and visual monitoring by officers. We also work with other City departments on historical and current traffic studies.
All traffic complaints reported by citizens are evaluated and, when warranted, an enforcement plan is implemented to address the concern. Traffic officers will also revisit historical complaints for continued evaluation and enforcement.