Traffic and pedestrian safety is the paramount concern for the Traffic Bureau of the South Orange Police Department. We are continually working to improve safety and address the increasing volume of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in our community. The Traffic Bureau is committed to residents’ concerns of traffic and parking violations in their neighborhoods. And, take proactive and corrective measures to solve problems promptly.

Yearly Traffic Analysis Report

The Traffic Bureau complies a yearly review of crash data, vehicular volume, speed and other violations, road improvements and more. The purpose of this report is to identify areas in the village where there are high volume of vehicle crashes, identifying the contributing circumstances of those crashes and develop solutions to mitigate and minimize future crashes. These reports may be accessed below. 

2022 Year End Crash Analysis

2021 Year End Crash Analysis

2020 Year End Crash Analysis

Grant Funds

The Traffic Bureau supervisor, acts as a liaison to the US/NJ Highway Traffic Safety Administrations, AAA, NJ Department of Transportation, NJ State Police, NJ Motor Vehicle Commission, and the Essex County Traffic Officers’ Association by applying for and receiving grant funds from the above organizations.

This grant money is used to subsidize traffic enforcement and education efforts of the bureau. These efforts include DWI roadblocks and roving patrols, motor vehicle inspection and pedestrian safety checkpoints, and participation in NJHTSA’s “Click It or Ticket” and “Over the Limit, Under Arrest” as well as training and educating officers in an ever advancing environment of traffic enforcement.

Essex County Prosecutor's Vehicle Homicide Unit

In addition, the Traffic Bureau works closely with the Essex County Prosecutor’s Vehicle Homicide Unit to investigate serious motor vehicle crashes. The bureau reviews all motor vehicle crash reports and maintains a data base of crashes to examine hazardous trends on our roadways and makes recommendations to the county and township’s engineers in an effort to remedy them.

Traffic Bureau Responsibilities

Other responsibilities of the Traffic Bureau include:

  • Conduct traffic surveys
  • Conduct radar and motor vehicle inspection details
  • Attend seminars and in-service training pertaining to the furtherance of traffic safety for the township
  • Receive requests and grant approvals for block parties
  • Receive general traffic complaints from residents and implement remedies
  • Submit “Work Requisitions” to the SO DPW regarding traffic calming solutions
  • Perform annual tow truck inspections
    • Inspect tow company’s equipment and facilities
    • Ensure compliance with Township ordinance
    • Evaluate findings and make recommendations
    • Create yearly Tow Schedule
  • Impounds
    • Review reports
    • Notify owners
    • Contact state DMV for title.
  • Crossing Guards
    • Perform background investigation on guards
    • Make recommendations on hiring of potential guards
    • Monitor guards to ensure punctuality and job performance
    • Receive and investigate complaints concerning guards and their demeanor.
  • Accidents
    • Review reports
    • Record results in computer program
    • Review accident result and make recommendations
  • Radar
    • Maintain and keep equipment certifications up to date
    • Ensure radar operators proficiency
    • Certify new radar operators
    • Record all radar summonses in database
    • Evaluate results
  • Grants
    • Complete and submit application to state and federal agencies
    • Issue memos and News Releases detailing the efforts of the SOPD during grants
    • Hire and supervise officers for grant details.
    • Submit final reports and cost expenditures to state agencies summarizing the department’s efforts during grants
  • Breathalyzer/ DWI
    • Maintain and keep equipment certifications up to date
    • Assign officers to Breathalyzer Operator re- certification classes
    • Assign officers to Standardized Field Sobriety Test training classes
    • Inform officers of change to case law pertaining to drunk driving