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Traffic Enforcement Unit

Chief Ronald J. Andrade established the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit on November 13, 1988 at the request of Deputy Chief Richard J. Thorpe to address increasing traffic law violations in the City of Fall River. The original unit comprised of (1) Sergeant and (4) Police Officers.

Sergeant James Fottler November 13, 1988 - July 1, 2001
Officer Roland Proulx  November 13, 1988  - April 4, 2005
Officer Thomas Giunta    November 13, 1988 -  July 25, 1993
Officer Robert Vezina  November 13, 1988  - January 8, 1999
Officer Robert Lecomte  November 13, 1988 - August 3, 1997

The Traffic Enforcement Unit is part of the Special Operations Division and has the primary responsibility of ensuring compliance of all laws governing motor vehicle operation and traffic laws. Officers assigned to this unit proactively patrol in both marked and unmarked cruisers as well as motorcycles. All officers assigned to this unit are specially trained in Lidar/Radar and traffic accident reconstruction. Also, several officers have received specialized training in child seat installation and instruction. In 2012 and working with the Commission on Disabilities, the duties of the Traffic Enforcement Unit expanded to strict enforcement of posted handicapped parking spaces throughout the City of Fall River. This cooperation and enforcement will assist properly identified individuals with a disability of a legally held parking space at their home or business/tourism they need to use or enjoy.

Lieutenant Paul Bernier

The Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit has the following vehicles assigned:

  • 8 FLHTPI Harley Davidson Police Motorcycles
  • 1 Marked police cruiser with dash-mount radar unit
  • 1 Marked police cruiser with dash-mount radar unit and plate reader
  • 1 Marked SUV with accident reconstruction and dash-mount radar unit
  • In 2001, the Fall River Police Department purchased a Speed Monitoring Awareness Radar Trailer, which is used in different neighborhoods throughout the City to educate the motoring public.

Some of the duties of the members of the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Unit are:

  1. Speed Enforcement
  2. Enforcement of traffic laws
  3. Accident investigation
  4. Parking violation enforcement
  5. Funeral escorts
  6. Dignity escorts
  7. Parades
  8. Special events
  9. Drunk driving roadblocks
  10. Seatbelt checkpoints
  11. Provide assistance at accident and crime scenes
  12. Enforcement grants through the Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau

The Unit has also played an active role with the local chapter of Mother’s Against Drunk Driving in preventing drunk driving accidents and fatalities.

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