Traffic Safety Unit
Enforcing Traffic Safety
Traffic safety issues are a top community concern in Eugene, and the Eugene Police Department has responded to that concern with a focused, dedicated team of motorcycle officers to enforce traffic laws. The Traffic Safety Unit currently comprises seven officers and a sergeant.
While all Eugene Police patrol officers can and do make traffic stops when they are not responding to calls for service, members of the traffic team are able to devote most of their workday to traffic issues and respond to community requests for neighborhood enforcement. The major goal of traffic safety is to change driver behavior to decrease dangerous collisions and improve neighborhood safety and quality of life.
Duties of the Traffic Safety Unit
Eugene Police motor officers’ primary duty is enforcing traffic laws within the city of Eugene, including focused enforcement in response to neighborhood speeding complaints. In addition to radar speed patrol and other standard traffic enforcement duties, this unit also engages in focused patrols and public education campaigns such as saturation patrols for red light runners, seat belt safety blitzes and crosswalk pedestrian safety operations.
They also provide traffic control at civic functions, sporting events, parades and for visiting dignitaries, and provide other traffic-related community services. Additionally, motorcycle officers can respond to patrol calls for service as needed; their mobility allows them to respond quickly to high-priority calls and as backup to other officers.
Helpful Safety Links
Safe Kids Worldwide - Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.
Safe Kids Worldwide is a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children, the number one killer of kids in the United States. Around the world, a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds. And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect them for a lifetime.
Oregon Impact - Oregon Impact provides educational experiences to end impaired and distracted driving. With an emphasis on teen drivers and those that ride with them, Oregon Impact works with middle schools, high schools & colleges in Oregon and SW Washington, and attends multiple community events each year to open conversations and encourage good choices.
The radar trailers provide real time feedback to drivers of their speed so they can be more aware and slow down if needed, they also collect some limited data. From the trailer’s tracking system, EPD can download data that effectively shows the scope and timing of speeding issues. This allows the department to make educated decisions as to when Traffic Safety Unit or Patrol resources are needed to help with a neighborhood speeding issue. The equipment does not capture data that results in citations and the data is strictly for internal use by the Traffic Safety Unit.
Radar Trailer deployments are generated through request by neighborhood residents who reside in the incorporated area of Eugene. The trailers are only deployed in areas that are within the Eugene city limits and are identified as part of the city (do you pay City of Eugene or Lane County taxes?). The duration of the deployment will be six days. Some locations may not allow for the deployment of the trailers (e.g. streets with bike lanes that include a sidewalk but no planting strip, areas with yellow/red curb markings, or areas where the trailers might act as a traffic or vision hazard).
To request deployment of the radar trailers, please follow this link: Radar Trailer Request Form. If you have any questions, you can contact Program Manager Jeff Blondé via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 541-682-8332.
For more information, email the Eugene Police Department Traffic Safety Unit