Traffic Unit

Traffic Unit

The officers of the Rockland Police Department’s Traffic Unit are committed to the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians within the town of Rockland.

The approach used to deliver this level of service includes THE THREE E’s, which are Enforcement, Education and Engineering.   The ultimate goal of the Traffic Unit is to fulfill the Department’s Mission Statement by creating a safe environment and to work together with the community to reduce traffic-related injuries.

The Traffic Unit is part of the Community Oriented Police and Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit.  The Traffic Unit has developed a Traffic Oriented Police and Problem Solving function (TOPPS) within the Traffic Unit.

The Traffic Unit’s primary responsibility is to enforce all traffic laws and to investigate collisions within the town of Rockland. The Traffic Unit Officers have had extensive training in accident reconstruction, they are certified Accident Reconstruction Specialists. They also handle parking enforcement including RV’s, abandon vehicles and vehicles parked illegally. The Traffic Unit oversees special events and parades in the town.

What happens if a police officer stops your vehicle?

What to do when you are stopped

  • Stop your vehicle as far out of the lane of traffic as possible. Stay in your vehicle and turn on the interior light. Good lighting assists good communication. Relax and remain in your vehicle. If you leave your vehicle, you subject yourself and the officer to danger.
  • Keep your hands in view at all times, preferably on the steering wheel. Wait for the officer to request your license and registration.
  • Police officers are trained to ask for identification first, and provide an explanation second. Then give the officer a chance to explain why you were stopped. Providing your documentation will speed the process. Remember, in most cases, the officer is in uniform, displaying a badge. You have the advantage of knowing with whom you are dealing. Extend the courtesy by presenting the requested paperwork without an argument. It makes sense and it’s the law.
  • Do not argue the citation with the officer. If you think that the citation was wrongly issued, the proper procedure is to request a hearing through the district court.

Why did the officer ...

  • Why did the officer sneak up along the side of my car?
  • Police officers are trained to minimize their exposure to traffic and, therefore, reduce the likelihood that they will be injured. The second reason is that they are trained to protect themselves tactically. Many police officers have been killed by drivers who are wanted for various crimes, or have reason to believe they may be suspected of a crime.
  • If it’s only a minor offense, why did two or three officers show up?
  • It is protocol to dispatch a second cruiser to maximize the officer’s safety.
  • Why did the officer sit in the police car for so long? What are they doing?
  • Most Rockland Police Department cruisers are equipped with a mobile computer that allows the officer to verify that your driver’s license status is valid. This process, although comparatively fast, could take a few minutes.
  • What if I don’t agree with the ticket?
  • All citizens have the right to an appeal before a Clerk Magistrate. Follow the directions on the back of the citation. Criminal Citations may be appealed to the Hingham District Court, 28 George Washington Boulevard, Hingham, MA 02043.
  • What if I don’t like the officer’s demeanor?
  • A police officer must be professional at all times. The Rockland Police Department is committed positive citizen contacts and proper conduct. If you feel the officer’s demeanor was improper, the department has an internal affairs system to investigate such claims. A complaint form may be obtained at the Police Station, or will be mailed upon request.
  • How will the citations affect my insurance?
  • This is determined by the Merit Rating Board. Contact your insurance agent for further information.

Why did you stop me?

  • Moving violations are the most common reason that a vehicle is stopped. Some examples include speeding offenses, failure to stop at a stop light or sign, failure to use a signal, or failure to drive within the marked lanes.
  • License, registration or equipment violations are other reasons a vehicle may be stopped by an officer. It is not uncommon for a driver to be in violation of the law without knowing it. Massachusetts motor vehicle laws are long and complex. Depending on the circumstances, officers may arrest an operator, issue criminal or non-criminal citations, or give warnings to these violations.
  • Investigations often involve searching for a car in association with a crime. In today’s mobile society, criminals use cars to facilitate crimes. Your vehicle may match the description of a suspect’s vehicle.
  • Courtesy or safety concerns are other reasons an officer might stop your car. For instance, your trunk may be open, something may be hanging under your vehicle, or you may have left something on your roof, your rear license plate may be obstructed or you may be operating at night without lights.

Vehicle Searches

  • Consent Searches — If an officer asks your permission to search your vehicle, you have the right to refuse.
  • Probable Cause Search — A police officer may be aware of certain information that legally allows a search of your vehicle without your permission.

Your risk of harm

Statistically, the most dangerous time for victim is when leaving the batterer. The abuser may feel he is losing control and become dangerously angry. Take steps to protect yourself from abuse or punishment from your abuser. Please trust your instincts. If you are afraid that something may happen, take your feelings seriously and protect yourself. You know your situation better than anyone else.

Our Commitment

The impact on public safety and quality of life caused by motor vehicles speeding through residential neighborhoods is the number one concern of the residents of Rockland. The Police Department is committed to work with the community through awareness, education and enforcement.

Compute Your Estimated Blood/Breath Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

The Drink Wheel — online BAC Calculator from Intoximeters, Inc.

A person’s actual BAC is dependent on many complex factors, including their physical condition (body composition, health etc…) and what they have recently ingested (including food, water, medications and other drugs).

The results that are generated are rough estimates of an average healthy person’s BAC assuming typical beverage sizes, recipes and alcohol content. The BAC estimates generated by the Drink Wheel should not be used to infer anyone’s fitness to work, drive or perform any other task or duty.