CMUPD Traffic Unit
Beginning in the fall of 2006 the Carnegie Mellon University Police began to re-focus efforts on traffic patrol. This response was due to several serious pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents in the prior year. Within the first year pedestrian accidents decreased by 80%, and a reduced number of incidents has been maintained through the past 3 years.
All Carnegie Mellon University police officers are granted by Pennsylvania Statute, the authority to enforce motor vehicle laws on university property and adjacent areas. Statewide, all police officers receive Traffic Enforcement Training as part of the Basic Police Academy.
In the past year members of the department who have shown interest in this aspect of policing, have received additional traffic specific training such as:
- NHTSA Standardized Field Sobriety Testing
- NHTSA DUI Checkpoint Training
- Robic® Accu-Trak Training
Members of the Traffic Unit have the opportunity to engage in specialized traffic patrol functions with the goal of making the University a safe environment for pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The following are some of the special traffic initiatives currently utilized by the CMUPD.
- PennDOT Pedestrian Safety Campaign
- Roving DUI Patrols
- Focused stationary speed patrols
- Pedestrian crossing safety signs