The Traffic Section’s primary duty is to ensure the safety of the motoring public. This section investigates serious crashes and conducts crash follow-up investigations. Other duties include warrant preparation for serious traffic offenses and traffic enforcement at targeted problem areas. This section also manages the school crossing guards, abandoned vehicles and various other programs.
Motor Carrier Program
The Traffic Section has operated a Motor Carrier Enforcement program since 1997. The program’s objectives are two-fold: first, to ensure the safety of the motoring public by assuring that truck drivers are obeying traffic laws and operating properly equipped vehicles; and second, to reduce potential damage to City roads by identifying improperly loaded or overloaded trucks.
Handicap Parking Volunteer Program
This program involves the assistance of volunteer citizens to help enforce handicap-parking and fire lane regulations. Participants who meet specific qualifications are responsible for issuing citations to illegally parked vehicles in handicap designated parking spaces. This program was instituted in 1990. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Traffic Section at (248) 871-2630.
Request for a Traffic Control Device
Requests for the placement of traffic control devices, such as speed bumps or stop signs, should be made to the City’s Traffic Engineer at (248) 871-2560.
Reporting a Traffic Crash
Michigan law requires a written report to be filed if the crash occurred on a public roadway and resulted in an injury or combined damage in excess of $1,000. It is best to report a traffic crash at the time it occurs. Officers will respond to the scene when summoned to file such a report. If you are filing a traffic crash report at a later time or date, you will need to contact the other involved party or parties and schedule a mutually acceptable time for all parties to appear at the station. It is necessary for all parties involved in a crash to be present when making a report so discrepancies can be resolved. If possible, you should drive the involved vehicle so the officer taking the report may inspect the damage. Reports can be made 24 hours a day at the Command Desk of the Police Department.
Abandoned Vehicles on Private Property
The Traffic Safety Section assists private property owners with removing abandon vehicles left on their property. The vehicles are only removed at the request of the property owners. The Traffic Safety Section responds to verify the vehicle is not stolen and notifies the Secretary of State that the vehicle has been impounded. The Secretary of State notifies the registered owner of the vehicle that their vehicle has been impounded.
Fines for traffic offenses are established by the 47th District Court. Requests to schedule hearings to appeal a citation should be directed to the court by the date indicated on the front of the citation. The court can be contacted Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM at (248) 871-2900.
The 47th District Court is located behind the Farmington Hills City Hall and Police Department at the corner of Eleven Mile and Orchard Lake Roads. The court address is 31605 West Eleven Mile Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48336.
Seasonal Weight Restrictions for Commercial Vehicles
Starting on Thursday, March 14, 2019, "Frost Laws" will be in effect with a 25% weight reduction on the designated Class A roadways and 35% reduction on Class B roadways.
City of Farmington Hills Truck Operators Map