One of the primary duties of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is to facilitate the safe and expeditious movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic. To enforce compliance with traffic laws and to develop driver awareness of the causes of traffic collisions, the LAPD appropriately warns, cites or arrests traffic law violators.
On December 2, 2015, the LAPD will conduct a Directed Enforcement Task Force (DETF) at various intersections throughout Operations-West Bureau. The goal of the DETF is to reduce the number of traffic collisions at specific intersections through education and enforcement. The intersections chosen have been shown to have the highest incidents of fatalities and severe or visible injuries. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation and LAPD work together on safety programs throughout the City of Los Angeles as part of Vision Zero, a goal to end traffic deaths by 2025. The DETF is a data-driven effort that focuses on locations and causes of crashes, many of which are preventable through education, enforcement, and engineering.
The DETF will be comprised of officers from traffic divisions throughout the City of Los Angeles. A detailed analysis of reportable traffic collisions was comprised over the past year. The LAPD has identified the following intersections that the DETF will focus on:
Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, Vermont Avenue and 7th Street, Sunset Boulevard and Western Avenue, Vista del Mar and Imperial Highway, Santa Monica Boulevard and Western Avenue.
The DETF is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember, everyone is encouraged to help keep our roadways safe; Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911!
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To schedule an interview regarding the Los Angeles Police Department traffic safety efforts, please contact Lieutenant Dave Ferry, Emergency Operations Division, at (213) 486-0680.