[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 138-1959. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Accident notice to Police Bureau: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3746.
Exercise of power: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 6102 and 6109(b) and (e).
Powers of local police: see Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 6109(a).
Vehicle Code: Act of June 17, 1976, P.L. 162, 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.
There is established in the Bureau of Police a Traffic Division to be under the supervision and control of a police captain appointed by and directly responsible to the Chief of Police.
It shall be the duty of the Traffic Division, with such aid as may be rendered by other members of the Bureau of Police, to enforce the Traffic Code of this City, the Vehicle Code and all state laws applicable to highway traffic in this City, to investigate accidents and to cooperate with the City Traffic Engineer and other officers of the City in the administration of traffic laws and in developing ways and means to improve traffic conditions, and to carry out those duties specially imposed upon the Traffic Division by this Traffic Code.
The Traffic Division shall keep, or cause to be kept, a record of all violations of traffic ordinances of the City and the Vehicle Code with which any person has been charged, together with a record of the final disposition of all such alleged offenses. Such record shall be so maintained as to show all types of violations and the total of each. Said record shall accumulate during at least a five-year period and thereafter shall be maintained complete for at least the most recent five-year period.
All forms for records of violations and notices of violations shall be serially numbered. For each month and year, a written record shall be kept available to the public showing the disposal of all such forms.
All such records and reports shall be public records.
It shall be the duty of the Traffic Division, assisted by other police officers, to investigate traffic accidents and to assist in the prosecution of those persons charged with violations of law causing or contributing to such accidents.
Whenever the accidents at any particular location become numerous, the Traffic Division shall cooperate with the City Traffic Engineer in conducting studies of such accidents and determining remedial measures.
The Bureau of Police shall maintain, or cause to be maintained, a suitable system for filing traffic accident reports. Such reports shall be available for the use and information of the City Traffic Engineer for a minimum period of five years.
The Bureau of Police shall maintain a suitable record of all traffic accidents, warnings, arrests, convictions, and complaints reported for each driver.
The Traffic Division shall study the cases of all drivers charged with frequent or serious violations of traffic laws or involved in frequent traffic accidents or any serious accident and shall attempt to discover the reasons therefor. Said Division shall take whatever steps are lawful and reasonable to prevent the recurrence of such violations and accidents.
Such records shall accumulate for a minimum period of five years, after which time such records shall be maintained complete for at least the most recent five-year period.
The Traffic Division shall prepare annually a traffic report which shall be filed with the Mayor and City Council. Such report shall contain information on traffic matters in this City as follows:
The number of traffic accidents, the number of persons killed, the number of persons injured, and other pertinent traffic accident data;
The number of traffic accidents investigated and other pertinent data on the safety activities of the police; and
The plans and recommendations of the Division for future traffic safety activities.
The Traffic Division shall designate a type of pennant or other identifying insignia to be displayed upon, or other method to be employed to identify, the vehicles in funeral processions.