The Riverdale Police Traffic Division is our newest division, which was established in January of 2004. The division is run by Patrolman Anthony Famularo. Ptl. Famularo has been an officer for just over 5 years. He is certified in Crash Investigation 1 & 2, "Trucks & Terrorism" and Title 39 motor vehicle law. The Traffic Division was formed as a result of citizen's complaints, and a high number of accidents in certain areas of our community. The Traffic Division also works as a support network for the patrol division, and works along with other bordering agencies planning road construction and repair.
Traffic Division is responsible for enforcing all traffic laws. The intent of the division is to make the public aware of laws and to give them a better understanding of the reasons the laws are in effect. Motor vehicles are extremely dangerous to operate and we as a motoring public use these vehicles to the extent that we become complacent with their operation. In other words, we get so used to driving we forget how dangerous it really is.
This unit's focus will be with public awareness of the laws, and to correct their mistakes. Some people need to be cited and fined to get that message across, others, need only be warned. With the technology we have today, we can actually track how many times a vehicle has been stopped and for what reason. This allows any Officer that makes a stop, able to check the records and see if the motorist has been warned, or cited in the past, which gives the Officer the ability to make an educated decision on how to handle each individual stop.
Actual responsibilities of the unit will include speed enforcement within the community, however a main priority will be in school zones. Other responsibilities include investigating and preparing accident reports, seatbelt usage, D.W.I. enforcement, and “problem areas”. These problem areas are going to come from the public, and Officers’ specific knowledge of areas that are prone to accidents caused by traffic violations. The public can E-mail the division to report repeated violations at a specific location in the borough. Drive safe!