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TRAFFIC DIVISION

 

Roswell Police Department traffic officers are charged with enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Traffic Code. There are two officers specifically assigned to this division, although other patrol officers also help in handling traffic duties as needed.

Among other duties of the Traffic Division are investigation of vehicle collisions, enabling the safe and effective movement of dignitaries and other special visitors in the city, and assisting other law enforcement agencies from throughout the area when they are working and moving about in the city.

Traffic officers, as well as other officers, will use specially equipped bicycles during certain times of the year, and for patrolling at some events such as parades and other local festivities.

 

Summer has arrived, meaning many families will be among those hitting the road for summertime trips. Please remember children 6 years old and younger must be in a proper child-safety seat while traveling in a vehicle. Here are the details of the law:

 

From N.M. State Statutes:

66-7-369. Child passenger restraint; enforcement.

A.   A person shall not operate a passenger car, van or pickup truck in this state, except for an authorized emergency vehicle, public transportation or a school bus, unless all passengers less than eighteen years of age are properly restrained.

B.   Each person less than eighteen years of age shall be properly secured in a child passenger restraint device or by a safety belt, unless all seating positions equipped with safety belts are occupied, as follows:

(1)   children less than one year of age shall be properly secured in a rear-facing child passenger restraint device that meets federal standards, in the rear seat of a vehicle that is equipped with a rear seat.  If the vehicle is not equipped with a rear seat, the child may ride in the front seat of the vehicle if the passenger-side air bag is deactivated or if the vehicle is not equipped with a deactivation switch for the passenger-side air bag;

(2)   children one year of age through four years of age, regardless of weight, or children who weigh less than forty pounds, regardless of age, shall be properly secured in a child passenger restraint device that meets federal standards;

(3)   children five years of age through six years of age, regardless of weight, or children who weigh less than sixty pounds, regardless of age, shall be properly secured in either a child booster seat or an appropriate child passenger restraint device that meets federal standards; and

(4)   children seven years of age through twelve years of age shall be properly secured in a child passenger restraint device or by a seat belt.

C.   A child is properly secured in an adult seat belt when the lap belt properly fits across the child's thighs and hips and not the abdomen.  The shoulder strap shall cross the center of the child's chest and not the neck, allowing the child to sit all the way back against the vehicle seat with knees bent over the seat edge.

 

 

Do you have a traffic concern? Feel free to contact RPD at 575-624-6770.

You may also email one of the officers below.

 

RPD Traffic Division Email List:


RHODES, A.  Traffic Officer arhodes@roswellpolice.com
WEEKLEY, K. Traffic Officer kweekley@roswellpolice.com

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