South Pasadena Police Traffic Unit
The South Pasadena Police Traffic Unit consist of two motorcycle officers whose primary job is traffic enforcement, traffic safety, traffic education and collision investigation. The Traffic Unit also coordinates DUI Sobriety Checkpoints throughout the year. The Traffic Unit assists other neighboring agencies with Pedestrian Operation Enforcements which target motorists that fail to yield to pedestrians.
In 2012, the Traffic Unit acquired a “Total Station”, which is a type of an electronic surveying tool. This allows the re-creation of a traffic collision, or crime scene, in three-dimensions. A special feature through its software allows the creation of an accident scene to be viewed in animation.
Commercial Traffic Enforcement
The department continues to emphasize commercial vehicle enforcement. Commercial Enforcement focuses primarily on commercial vehicles ensuring that they are in compliance to California Law in regards to weight, size, safety equipment and stay on designated truck routes in the city. The weight of a commercial vehicle greater than 10,000 pounds on non-designated truck routes can cause damage to the street due to the heavy weight of the vehicle. Commercial vehicles are vehicles that are greater than 10,000 pounds, or 40 feet in length. One additional officer was trained and certified in Commercial Enforcement in 2012, bringing the total number of officers trained in Commercial Enforcement to three. To assist in commercial enforcement, the department obtained two portable Haenni scales which assists in measuring for overweight commercial vehicles. In 2012, several commercial vehicle checkpoints were held in conjunction with the California Highway Patrol and Glendale Police Department. These checkpoints are conducted to check commercial vehicles for weight and to ensure proper safety equipment which includes equipment from fire extinguishers to proper load tie down.
19.20 Truck Routes Generally
(a) Whenever any section of this chapter designates and describes any street or portion thereof as a street, the use of which is permitted by any commercial vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight of six thousand pounds, laden or unladen, the city manager is authorized and instructed to designate such street by appropriate signs such as “Truck Route’ for the movement of commercial vehicles exceeding a maximum gross weight of six thousand pounds, laden or unladen.
(b) When any such truck route is so established and designated by appropriate signs, the operator of any commercial vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight limit of six thousand pounds, laden or unladen, shall drive on such route and none other except that nothing in this section shall prohibit the operator of any commercial vehicle exceeding a maximum gross weight of six thousand pounds, laden or unladen, coming from a truck route in the city from having ingress and egress by direct route to and from a restricted street in the city when necessary for the purpose of making pickups or deliveries of goods, wares, and merchandise from or to any building or structure located on such restricted street in the city or for the purpose of delivering materials to be used in the actual and bona fide repair, alteration, remodeling or construction of any building or structure upon such restricted street in the city for which a building permit has previously been obtained thereof.
(c) The provisions of this section shall not apply to:
(1) Passenger buses under the jurisdiction of the public utilities commission of the state, or
(2) Any vehicle used by a municipality, public agency or public utility while necessarily in use in the construction, installation or repair of any public utility or public way.
(d) Those streets and parts of streets hereinafter described are declared to be truck routes for the movement of commercial vehicles exceeding a maximum gross weight of six thousand pounds, laden or unladen:
Fair Oaks Avenue between Huntington Drive and the northerly city limits;
Huntington Drive between the westerly city limits and the easterly city limits;
Pasadena Avenue between the westerly city limits and Mission Street;
Mission Street between Pasadena Avenue and Fair Oaks Avenue;
Fremont Avenue between Alhambra Drive and the south drive of Huntington Drive. (Ord. No. 1106, § 10.01; Ord. No. 1244, § 1; Ord. No. 2139. § 1 (part).)