Traffic Services Division
The Traffic Services Division at the Willimantic Police Department encompasses both administrative and operational components, with the ultimate goal of reducing traffic accidents throughout the City and ensuring that all motorists within Willimantic drive safely and responsibly, and obey all traffic laws while driving.
Each year, members of the Willimantic Police Department conduct over 3,500 motor vehicle stops, as well as conduct targeted enforcement campaigns for speeding violations, distracted driving, and DUI detection and apprehension. Since 2008, the Willimantic Police Department has participated in the nationally-recognized Click It Or Ticket campaign to increase seat belt usage throughout the City, and receives grant funding through the Connecticut Department of Transportation to conduct seat belt checkpoints several times during the year. Additionally, the Willimantic Police also receives dedicated grant funding to staff special DUI patrols on busy weekends and holidays all year long, which ensures that extra attention is always paid by the Willimantic Police to the detection and apprehension of DUI drivers within the City. In 2015, for the first time, the Willimantic Police was one of only fifty municipal police departments that were awarded grant funding to increase distracted driving enforcement, which combats texting while driving and using a hand held electronic device while driving.
All of these initiatives demonstrate how seriously traffic enforcement is taken by the Willimantic Police, with the goal of keeping all motorists safe while driving within the City. Willimantic Police Officers can utilize marked and unmarked vehicles while on traffic patrols, and are equipped with both laser and radar speed detection equipment to ensure that all posted speed limits are obeyed within the City.
Administratively, the Traffic Services Division works closely with the Connecticut Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office to coordinate up to three separate grant programs each year, and is responsible for the allocation and reimbursement of both state and federal funding to the Willimantic Police Department for traffic enforcement programs throughout the year. Additionally, the Traffic Services Division also partners with the Willimantic Police Public Information Office to distribute media releases, advertising, and conduct public outreach about the importance of highway safety.