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.
A reminder regarding pedestrians and traffic:
From N.M. State Statutes:
66-7-334. Pedestrians' right of way in crosswalks.
A. When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk.
B. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
66-7-335. Crossing at other than crosswalks.
A. Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
B. Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
C. Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
Do you have a traffic concern? Fell free to contact RPD at 575-624-6770. You may also email one of the officers below.
RPD Traffic Division Email List:
Roswell Police Department